175 SLTB buses repaired and deployed
President Ranil Wickremesinghe was informed regarding the repair of 175 Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) buses.
These buses had been taken out of service due to the lack of spareparts as a result of the country’s import restrictions. Transport Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana presented the relevant documents to the President. A project was initiated at the depot level, following the instructions of Transport Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana, and was funded by the Treasury allocation. The goal was to refurbish 400 out of 852 buses that had been out of service for over three years. As part of this project, 175 buses were restored to operation at a cost of around Rs.300 million. The repair work was carried out with the involvement of engineers and technicians from the technical department of the Sri Lanka Transport Board.
Out of these 175 buses, 15 will be allocated to the “Sisu Seriya” programme, serving as transportation for schoolchildren. The remaining buses will be handed over to respective depots to fulfill passenger transport needs.
Sri Lanka Transport Board Chairman Lal de Alwis, Chief Executive Officer Mahesh Kulathilaka, Deputy General Manager Panduka Swarnahansa and Chief Mechanical Engineer Lakshman Pushpakumara were present.