Train fares likely to be revised

The Cabinet of Ministers has granted their consent to revise train fares in the near future.
Speaking during the weekly Cabinet media briefing held today at the Government Information Department Transport Minister Dilum Amunugama said that the train fares were not increased in the recent past along with the diesel price hike. But this time the decision to increase train fares had been taken considering the increase in diesel price in the local market. 
Minister Amunugama added that the train fares are only around one-third of the bus fares and therefore noted that authorities had emphasised the need for a fare revision.
Cabinet approval has also been granted to increase bus fares with effect from yesterday(15), Minister of Transport Dilum Amunugama said. The minimum fare for SLTB and private passenger transport buses will be increased by Rs. 3, from Rs. 17 to Rs. 20.
Meanwhile the other categories of bus fares will be increased by 15 percent with effect from today, he said.

by Daily News Sri Lanka

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