Government yesterday decided to implement the proposal of the National Transport Commission (NTC) to rotate SLCTB and private buses to operate on a common coordinated timetable from May 1st this morning, Director of Operations and monitoring (NTC) Mrs Vijitha Weerasinghe said yesterday. The decision was taken in the face of strong objections by private bus operators beyond Matara.
Transport minister Dallas Alahapperuma in consultation with the chairman of the National Transport commission (NTC) Prof Amal Kumarage reasoned that the move was in the interests of the commuting public by creating a level playing field for all. Buses will operate according to demand.
There would be no standing passengers in semi-Luxury buses and during peak hours buses will set out once every 10 to 15 minutes .
Initially the buses operating in the southern corridor beyond Matara and the Colombo-Angunukolapelessa, Colombo-Middeniya, Colombo-Tangalle, Colombo-Hambantota will function to this common timetable.
The Colombo-Kataragama buses will not be included for the start.
Within a fortnight of commencing this operation a questionnaire will be presented to the commuting public as well as operators, so as to obtain a feedback on the operation.
The buses operating to other provinces would be gradually included under this scheme.