July 24, Colombo: State Minister of Transport Dilum Amunugama says it is planned to start public transport services between the provinces from the 1st of August. However, He said that inter-province public transport will resume with certain limitations.
The State Minister said that if the travel ban between provinces is lifted by 1st August then public transport will be cleared to operate without any limitations. However, he said that if the travel ban remains then only a limited number of buses and trains will be permitted to operate.
The inter-province travel ban was imposed in line with the islandwide travel restrictions that were imposed in May due to the third wave of the coronavirus in Sri Lanka. However, the islandwide travel restriction was lifted in early July, while the inter-province travel ban remained unchanged.
Amunugama earlier said that the buses and trains that were deployed to a limited extent despite the inter-provincial travel restrictions had to be suspended until August 01 as most of the people travelled in the buses were not passengers in essential services and there was a high risk of spreading the Delta variant of the COVID virus found in the Colombo suburbs to rural areas.