Leyland to hand over imported school buses still idling in Panagoda | Daily News

Leyland to hand over imported school buses still idling in Panagoda

Transport, Highways and Mass Media Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena said school buses idling at yards and not operational currently will soon be back on roads under the new government initiatives.

Lanka Ashok Leyland, a state-owned company in Sri Lanka imported eighty buses specially designed for transporting school children to Sri Lanka seven years ago. However, these buses are still idling at the company’s Panagoda factory complex as the relevant Technical Committee has not given its approval for this purchase. Minister Gunawardena has received Cabinet approval to use these imported buses for transporting school children. The company has also agreed to provide these buses at half of the current market value while providing these buses at the foreign exchange rate prevailing at the time the buses were brought to Sri Lanka.

The company has agreed to provide the facility of payment of the money in four years while earning an income by running the buses. Even though it was a very favourable decision for the country, it is regrettable the delay of giving approval by the particular Technical Committee for purchasing these buses.

Ashok Leyland Company has taken full responsibility for the safety and maintenance of the school buses by ensuring a hundred percent safety of the school children. Therefore, steps will be taken to make aware both the Cabinet of Ministers and the President about these matters, and these buses will be provided to necessary schools to transport children as a pilot project implemented under the Road Development Authority.

The Minister expressed these views while joining an inspection tour of Ashok Leyland factory in Panagoda last Friday.


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