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News


Buses run dry

By Kushali Atukorale
Private bus owners appear to be bearing the brunt of the back-to-back bomb blasts fallout, with the Private Bus Owners’ Association (PBOA) claiming that profits have reduced by nearly 40% since Wednesday’s bomb blasts, owing to the reduced number of commuters.
The fear psychosis prevailing in the country, especially and in and around Colombo, has led to many fearing to leave their homes even for seasonal shopping, sources noted.
PBOA Chairman Gamunu Wijerathne told The Nation that their daily profits have reduced by 40% ever since the blasts.
“The blasts and the general bomb scares have affected all the buses with some of the routes running virtually empty unlike the usual packed buses normally witnessed,” he said
He also said that commuters are shying away from trips owing to the insecure situation prevailing at present in the country.

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