`Almost all CTBdepots are run at a loss due to mismanagement and corruption. The government has plans now to eliminate thelosses and provide a good service to the commuters ` said the chairman of the SLTB Tudor Dayaratne.
Mr. Dayaratne made this comment at a function held last Sunday at the main bus stand when handing over 14 new buses by the SLTB for its three bus depots in the Matara District.
All SLTB trade unions must cooperate to make this a viable venture while providing a much better service to the general public. A post investigation committee would be appointed to look into its activities after consulting the trade unions. A programme will also be implemented to evaluate the service of employees and provide them incentives. Discarded metal piled up in the various regional depots would be given to the Industrial Board while retaining usable items for repairing old buses.
He said in the meantime SLTB has taken steps to rehabilitate some 1,500 buses and already 487 have been completed and put into operation spending Rs. 100 million and another sum of Rs. 200 million would be spent for this purpose. An order has also been placed to obtain 2,000 new buses from India to boost the passenger transport operation service in the country.
Danney Hittetiyage, Chairman SDA, said the previous government divided the state sponsored transport service into nine regional depots with nine depot chairmen and 21 directors with the intention of ruining it completely under the guise of decentralization.