State Minister of Vehicle Regulation, Bus Transport Services and Train Compartments and Motor Car Industry Dilum Amunugama told the Daily News yesterday that steps were being taken to promote a transport plan to manage all public transport systems which will ensure that all train and bus services are operational.
Amunugama said this when we asked him if the Transport Ministry was able to operate its railway and bus services as usual with the unfolding experience of fuel shortage.
According to him there is no virtual standstill of public transport services.
“We have fuel on standby to run the train services for four days. We have diesel to operate CTB transports services until we get the next batch of fuel.”
“Furthermore,” he said, “the private buses that have faced many difficulties on account of lack of fuel in pumping stations, will be provided with fuel through the Central Transport Board filling stations.”
“We cannot give fuel to all the private buses, but we will give fuel to some of them . This will ensure that private buses are also in operation to serve the public,” he said. “We are managing,” he added.