Re-Run

The Sri Lankan government is planning to pass new legislation to re-instate the dismantled, centralised national bus transport system. The Sri Lankan government is planning to pass new legislation to re-instate the dismantled, centralised national bus transport system. To fast track the law the government sent it before the Supreme Court as an urgent Bill last week.

“The Supreme Court determination on the CTB has come to Parliament today. So we hope to approve it tomorrow,” said Cabinet spokesperson Nimal Siripala de Silva on Thursday.

The government says it wants to re-introduce the fully government owned and centrally controlled bus transport system that was discarded in 1978, because Sri Lanka’s private bus operators cannot be relied on for consistent, quality service.

Transport Ministry officials say the new structure that is similar to the pre-1987 Ceylon Transport Board, will cut down operating costs of the current cluster bus company system.

The present system operates only 3,000 State owned busses and carries only around 28 percent of total daily passenger traffic but provides employment to 40,20