"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.
“We will wait until changes are made, but if things don't turn around we will have to take union action again.”
The total cost for the project is 55,000 million rupees, according to the president’s media division (PMD).
Only 47 percent of the over one million registered threewheelers in Sri Lanka are used for hiring
"All buses must strictly adhere to the health guidelines," Amunugama said.
Trips will continue to be increased in the future upon further discussion, an official said.
“We will not increase bus fares by even one rupee,” he said.
Two trade unions of the Sri Lanka Railways launched a strike this morning.
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