Novel pilot bus service launched in Kandy

By Cyril Wimalasurendre

KANDY – A private bus service that would operate without buses competing for passengers along the route would be launched in Kandy from July 20, the Central Provincial Passenger Transport Services Authority said on Wednesday (13).

The private bus service in the Central province had been reformed for the benefit of the passenger community, the private bus owners and the bus crews, Chairman of the Central Provincial Passenger Transport Services Authority (CPPTSA) Eric Weerawardana told a press conference.

Under the new scheme to be launched by President Maithripala Sirisena on July 18 the bus service between Kandy and Digana and between Kandy and Kadugannawa would be operated as a pilot project.

All private buses on the two router would be provided with CCTV cameras, GPS machines and electronic ticket machines. The driver and the conductor would be issued with uniforms, Weerawardana said.

The operation of the service, he said, would be monitored by an operation centre at Pallekele headquarters of the Central Province Private Passenger Services Authority.

Passengers will be able to travel by using pre-paid cards purchased from the authority or by buying tickets.

Daily collections from the buses on the mileage would be credited to the Transport Authority, which in turn would remit them to the bank accounts of the owners of the private buses every day, Chairman Weerawardana said.

Not even the owners of the buses would be allowed free rides, he said.

The service on the Kandy-Digana route will be known as "Dumbara Bus Line" while the Kadugannawa service is named as "Denuwara Bus Line"

The novel system will be extended to all routes of the Province based on the success of the new service.

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