"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.
Minister Gunawaredena had asked the CTB chief to resign after failing to provide public service
Foreign investors have kept away from Sri Lanka due to unprecedented economic crisis
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.
“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.
Some 80 percent of private bus drivers that operate in Colombo and its suburbs drive under the influence of narcotics, S...