May 18, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka has decided to appoint a committee to give permits for buses to operate on expressways.
The Cabinet has decided that permits for buses to operate on expressways will be given by a high level committee.
Private Transport Minister C.B. Ratnayake has said the decision to appoint a high level committee to give permits to buses was made due to shortcomings in the open tender procedure.
The high level committee will comprise the Transport Minister, Treasury Secretary, the Sri Lanka Transport Board Chairman and the Private Transport Minister.
A separate committee will also be appointed to scrutinize the applications.
According to Ratnayake, permits would be given to those able to operate super luxury buses, maintain them and have suitable drivers for the buses.
A fee of Rs. 700,000 would have to be paid for each permit.