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Task Force for passenger transport

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Passenger Transport Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has appointed a Passenger Transport Service Management Task Force to regulate the functions of public transport services in the country until the coronavirus pandemic is contained completely.

The main objectives of the Task Force is to provide transport service in a safe and punctual manner without causing any inconvenience to the commuters while strictly implementing the recommendations and guidelines issued by the health authorities in implementing the bus and train services.

The 21 member task force will be chaired by Transport Ministry Secretary Gamini Seneviratne.

Additional Transport Ministry Secretary J.M. Thilakeratne Banda will serve as Secretary to the Task Force.

The membership will comprise of representatives nominated by the Railways Superintendent, Bus Unions, Sri Lanka Transport Board, National Transport Commission, Heads of Road Passenger Transport Authorities of the respective provinces, and the Director-General of Health Services.

Any issue related to public passenger services should be directed to the new Task Force on 0112 18 72 33 and 0112 18 72 00.

Meanwhile, the Railway Department plans to increase the number of trains operating in the island from Monday, Railways sources said. Steps will be taken to increase the number of trains and revise the train timetable in the coming weeks.More than 11,500 people have applied through the SLR mechanism to reserve special permits to travel by train to their workplace and back. Train services and Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) bus services have resumed normal operations, but in Colombo and Gampaha where the curfew is still in effect, trains and bus services are available only for office and essential workers. In other areas too, the public has been asked to restrict non-essential travel.

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