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Only 03 SLTB depots distributed diesel, reveals Gemunu Wijeratne

Only 25 per cent of all buses will be able to run tomorrow in the event that fuel was not issued for passenger buses, said Gemunu Wijeratne, President of the All Ceylon Private Bus Owners’ Association, speaking to media today (06).

Accordingly, bus operations are likely to stop completely at night, he warned.

Revealing that the total number of buses operating daily islandwide does not exceed 5000, Wijeratne added that these buses are likely to stop their operations, should the diesel crisis escalate.

The government recently stated that the depots belonging to the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) will distribute diesel for private buses in a move to solve the ongoing fuel crisis, but Wijeratne went on claiming that the initiative has failed.

Despite the authorities’ claim that diesel will be distributed from 50 SLTB depots islandwide, only 03 depots have distributed yesterday, the Union President added, pointing out that the diesel stocks possessed by the SLTB are not even sufficient to fill up their own buses.

MIAP

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