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An action plan to clean up the local transport mess is lined up for Cabinet approval but private bus owners, currently paying up over million rupees a month as kickbacks to alleged gangsters that control bus routes, are not convinced of a change.
The new Minister of Transport Felix Perera will present an action plan to improve all areas of land transport to the Cabinet for approval on Wednesday, said Chairman of the National Transport Commission Amal Kumarage.rn

rnThe action plan, excluding the rail system, will look at improving and developing the transport sector including private and public bus operations.rn

rnThe Lanka Private Bus Owners Association however, points out that the local bus transport system suffers from deep-rooted ailments that require overall corruption control.rn

rnThe complete lawlessness, overcrowding and poor service, they point out, is only an indication of the degree of corruption in the sector.rn

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