Minister Lokuge said that the Government maintains the Railway Department and the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) as a service.
The Minister was responding to Colombo District MP Jagath Kumara.
The Minister said that although the Government provided various facilities to the private transport sector, they were not sufficient and that further discussions will be held with the Government to provide more relief.
He said that a programme has been initiated to strengthen the freight service and enhance the transport of oil and cement and sand by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC). He also said that Prima Company flour is transported by train.
The Transport Minister said that about 60 per cent of the CPC oil will be transported by train in the future.
He said that 600 single door buses have been ordered and these will be deployed for service soon.