|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.