warns of hike in bus fares
By Kushali Atukorale
Private Bus Owners Association (PBOA) yesterday warned of a
prompt increase in bus fares after the conclusion of the
Provincial Council Election, scheduled for May 10.
Chairman PBOA Gamunu Wijerathne told The Nation that bus fares
would be increased in keeping with the ongoing price of fuel.
“The government was expected to increase the prices of the fuel
after the New Year but they didn’t because of the impending
election,” Wijerathne said.
He further pointed out that they couldn’t predict the increase
in rates of bus fare as it would depend on the fuel increase.
“We cannot say whether it will be increased by Rs five or six as
the amount will depend according to the price of the fuel,”
He also claimed that the government did not increase the price
of fuel because it would have been disadvantages during the