Dec 08, Colombo: The Minister of Transport Pavithra Wanniarachchi stated that plans have already been made to provide an efficient and comfortable public transport service to the commuters by the year 2022 and that steps will be taken to digitalize the transport services using the latest technology.
The Minister emphasized this at a discussion held with the officials of the Ministry yesterday (07) regarding the transport plans to be implemented in 2022.
Minister Wanniarachchi said the digitalization program will be implemented through the ‘Sahasara’ project implemented under the Ministry. As a first step, measures will be taken to provide GPS technology to 2000 private buses and Rs.1.2 million will be spent for this.
The Minister further said that with the provision of GPS technology for buses, steps will be taken to provide a free mobile app for the public to use the service. Accordingly, the passengers will be able to receive detailed information of the buses used for their journeys including the arrival time and the number of passengers on board on their mobile phone.
Ms. Pavithra Wanniarachchi also stated that the Ministry of Transport is planning to introduce an e-ticket to the public by 2022.
She also said that the Ministry of Transport’s 3K project is to expand the ‘Park and Ride’ system with the aim of reducing traffic congestion in the city of Colombo by setting up eight more multiple transport hubs in eight major cities.
Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi emphasized that plans have been made to coordinate with an institution for job security and welfare of bus workers.
Secretary to the Transport Ministry Monty Ranatunga, Additional Secretary Bernard Wasantha, Director of the ‘Sahasara’ Project Yohan Ratnayake and Director of the 3K Project Nalaka Dissanayake were also present at the discussion.