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Route permits issued accordingly

The National Transport Commission (NTC) today rejected charges that they issued route permits illegally and stated that allegations leveled against the NTC by private bus owners were meaningless.

NTC Chairman, Sashi Welgama said that the Private Bus Owners Association’s decision to strike, take legal action against the NTC and its decision to make a complaint to the United Nations on Government corruption in Sri Lanka are baseless.

“We have not given any bus permits without adhering to the tender procedure or receiving Cabinet approval. I do not know how the Association will go to the UN or on what grounds that they intend to take legal action against us as we have not issued permits illegally,” Welgama said.

He said generally buses are called to the Monitoring Unit of the NTC where they are subjected to close inspection. He said that if the buses meet the requirements, permits are given accordingly. He said that permits would not be issued to others.

Meanwhile, the Private Bus Owners Association recently vowed to go on strike in the Northern Province, to take legal action and make a complaint to the United Nations for the issue of illegal bus permits.

The Association’s President, Gemunu Wijeyratne said that in August 2010 cabinet approved the issuing of 106 route permits for buses to run the Colombo-Jaffna route of which only 40 were genuine. He said 30 of these permits were given to a number of people who do not have buses.

He said there are another 54 bus permits that have been issued to bus owners in Badulla, Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Tangalle and some other areas and requested the authorities to put a stop to it. He said that Private Transport Services Minister, C. B. Ratnayake should address the problem.

“If the Minister does not address the problem in a week’s time we will go ahead with the strike, the court proceedings and complaints. The world should know the corrupt behaviour of members of our Government,” Wijeyratne said.


Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011 @ 02:29:03 LKT


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