Electric Buses to be Introduced

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 1 2021
News Electric Buses to be Introduced

By Thameenah Razeek 

The Government plans to launch shuttle bus service in urban areas beginning next year, using electric buses. Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that due to heavy traffic the speed limit in Colombo has been reduced to 6 kmph during peak hours. He said this at the 14th Session of the Ministry of Environment’s National Environment Council, which was held at the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) auditorium. The Minister said that 71 per cent of the fuel imported is used by motor vehicles. 

All 25 members of the Environment Council, including Wedda Chief Uruwarige Wannila Aththo, were present. CEA was directed to purchase new equipment to measure the carbon content in the atmosphere. It’s expected to be implemented next year. The atmosphere is particularly polluted in Kandy, he said. The Government has decided to prioritise the promotion of electric vehicles in vehicle importation in the future.

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 1 2021

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