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Locally produced eco-friendly green vehicles exhibition in October

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With the aim of popularizing electric vehicles among the people, an exhibition of locally produced eco-friendly green vehicles and related products are to be held in Pitipana, Homagama on the 14th and 15th of this month.

A discussion related to making the public aware about the programme to popularize eco-friendly green vehicles, which is implemented according to a concept of the Minister of Transport, Highways and Mass Media, Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana was held at the ministry premises.

Speaking at the event the Minister said; “Under the concept of developing one selected village as a green village under the Transport Ministry, Homagama Pitipana area has been identified as a most suitable place for it. Even now NSBM Green University is located in this area. There are many other institutes including CINTECH Institute. All vehicles that provide public transport facilities for these institutions should be systematically converted to electric vehicles”.

“There are a large number of vehicles including electric bicycles produced by many institutions in Sri Lanka. There is a possibility of introducing these vehicles for the staff of the institutions in this area. More than twenty companies across Sri Lanka are engaged in the production of electric vehicles. But the majority of people in the country do not have a practical understanding of this”.

“Electric vehicles that can be driven at a cost of several cents per kilometre have been manufactured in Sri Lanka. Under the concept of introducing eco-friendly green vehicles, the Ministry of Transport can set an example to the country, by introducing the use of these vehicles to the ministry officials”.

“With the aim of giving the people a wider understanding about this, an exhibition on green vehicles has been organised in the Pitipana area on the 14th and 15th with the participation of local manufacturers. For the exhibition, arrangements have been made to invite senior decision-making officials of all ministries and institutions including the Finance Ministry, Customs Department, Inland Revenue Department, Industry Ministry, Environment Ministry, and Industrial Development Board to provide practical experience on this matter”.

“For that purpose, the contribution of Green University, Institute of Nano Technology, Department of Motor Traffic, Mahinda Rajapaksa College, etc. will be obtained”.

“The main objective of this exhibition is to draw the attention of the Heads of Government agencies to the efforts of the manufacturers of electric bicycles and motorcycles and to promote the use of electric vehicles as the only alternative to the increasing fuel prices. At this time, the government should provide maximum support to encourage such producers. Many foreign countries follow the same practice”.

“The specialty in Sri Lanka is that there is no need to import any equipment from abroad for the production of these vehicles. I believe that through this exhibition organised by the Transport and Highways Ministry with the participation and cooperation of other institutions, we will be able to bring the green concept closer to the people.”

Transport and Highways Ministry Secretary Priyantha Mayadunne, along with the additional secretaries of the ministry, a group of Heads of Institutions under the ministry were present for this discussion.

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