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"The government should step in and set a rate, but instead they are making obnoxious statements."
Quality of public buses is low - except on expressways - due to regulated pricing and a rigid licensing system.
"For a week, we need 30 liters if we run an average of 100 kilometres a day."
The first phase will commence in the Western province, the PMD said.
"We urge the government and the leasing companies to grant us a moratorium until next March."
"We have obligations to meet for our families and five litres is not doing us any good. It’s simply not enough"
“The allocation of fuel to the transport industry is not an efficient or fair allocation,” he said.
“We asked them to register with the police because it will make it easier to identify them."
The move also aims to promote a greener transportation sector, a statement said.
Two test runs have been completed, he said.
"We plan to commence bus services 100 percent islandwide. If not 100 percent, at least 90 percent should be doable."
"The ministry will look at the possibility of allocating additional quotas for those requirements on a separate QR code"
Miranda said long distance buses will be given around 125-150 litres of diesel at a time.
The minister of transport has approved the price revision with the recommendation of the NTC.
"In the annual price revision, 12 factors including the fuel prices will be taken into consideration."
“Even today fewer than 10 per cent of buses are running. Drivers are on strike because they have no fuel."
Private buses now spend a longer time at bus stops waiting for passengers in an attempt to cover costs.
The minister said that the new train will be a welcome addition for office workers.
“There’s a loss of 300,000 rupees for just one trip,” he said.
Wijeratne said bus service operators may have to halt their services even after the hartal.
"The railway department had made some reforms to the prices of special and intercity train ticket," he said.
“The crisis has scared a few customers and they would pump petrol even if the tanks were full," he said.
"Who bears the loss? At this time, I don’t think we can put that burden on the commuting public,” he said.
The projects will be funded by the Hungarian Exim Bank’s concessionary finance facility.