NTC officials, private bus owners clash

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A verbal confrontation took place between National Transport Commission (NTC) officials and the representatives of inter-provincial and islandwide private bus owners’ associations with regard to the Sinhala translation of a report on the recent bus fare revision.

A complaint in this regard was made to the Narahenpita Police by the NTC Chairman and Director General.

The NTC said following the discussion between the NTC officials and the private bus owners regarding the revision of bus fares, the bus owners behaved violently and threatened the NTC officials with death over the phone.

Transport Minister Bandula Gunawardena has instructed Ministry Secretary R.W. Pemasiri to conduct an internal investigation into this incident and take legal action against the bus owners who obstructed the duties of the NTC officials.

Meanwhile, speaking to Ceylon Today, All Ceylon Private Bus Owners’ Association General Secretary, Anjana Priyanjith denied they made death threats against NTC officers.

He said the verbal confrontation started when the NTC officials provided them with the requested quotation reports regarding the recent bus fare revision in English instead of Sinhala.

“We inquired about the recent bus fare revision and quotations. The officials provided the reports only in English and we requested the report in Sinhala. Instead of providing the Sinhala report, they started talking aggressively and the conversation heated up. But we refute the allegation of threatening them with death,” he added. 

By Nabiya Vaffoor