buses do a come-back
The Transport Ministry has introduced two ladies
only buses to accommodate working women who travel to Colombo, sparing
them possible abusive treatment on their journey.
A Meegoda-Fort and a Padukka-Fort bus were launched
The Meegoda-Fort bus starts at 6.30 a.m. from
Koshena stand while the Padduka bus starts at 6.35 a.m. from the
Meepé stand. Both buses leave Pettah at 4.35 p.m on their
Transport Minister A.H.M. Fowzie told The Sunday
Times that he was aware that women travel standing in buses and
were unable to do so in a dignified manner.
“I know that women have been harassed inside
buses, so I feel that they need to travel in a bus solely for them,”
Minister Fowzie also said that the Ministry would be introducing
three more such buses next week.
An Udahamulla-Fort bus would be launched on Tuesday,
a Kesbewa-Fort bus on Wednesday and a Moratuwa-Fort bus on Thursday.
Despite two failed attempts in the past, the Ministry is once again
attempting to recruit women conductors for these buses.
Minister Fowzie said this move may help eliminate
any abuse in these buses.