Oct 17, 2011 (LBO) - Sri Lanka's first expressway which is to be opened in November will be closed for passenger buses, highways minister Nirmala Kothelawala said.
"No state or private buses will be allowed on this road," Kothelawala. "Though there was a plan to allow buses at first we dropped it.
He said this was because buses in Sri Lanka were not of a sufficient standard to travel at high speeds on an expressway and be safe enough for passengers.
However, even now passenger buses travel at breakneck speeds on narrower roads with sharper curves.
The expressway runs from Colombo to Galle. It is Sri Lanka's first toll road.
The road is expected to be opened for traffic in November, the minister said.