Public funds swindled:
Spare parts scam at CTB
COLOMBO: The Transport Ministry yesterday said spare parts suppliers
in connivance with some CTB officials have devoured public funds worth
billions of rupees by providing substandard spare parts to buses,
Ministry sources said.
This massive scam had continued for a number of years unnoticed. A
supplier was paid Rs. 82 million by the CTB for the supply of spare
parts a year, whereas he had actually imported spare parts valued at Rs.
The Ministry has found it difficult to deal with these suppliers who
had used various tricks from being punished by law. “We began a
comprehensive probe into transactions of these suppliers as soon as the
Ministry was aware of this scam and reduced the number of spare parts
suppliers to 15 from 324, Ministry sources said. These suppliers
selected by the Ministry are supplying parts only from Original
Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)”.
A central spare parts storage is expected to be set up soon through
which the CTB can directly purchase parts from OEMs bringing third party
intervention in the spare part supply to zero.
A tyre processing unit will also be set up within the next two weeks
in Ekala to locally meet the tyre requirement of CTB depots islandwide.
The CTB requires over 15,000 refilled and original tyres annually. The
spokesman said over 50 per cent of the tyre requirement in CTB depots is
expected to be provided by the proposed Ekala tyre processing unit which
will commence operation within the next two weeks and tyre for the CTB
could be produced locally after other tyre processing units come into
effect next year.
“The Ministry imported more than 2,000 buses to strengthen the CTB
A massive programme is under way to make the dilapidated buses
roadworthy and parts are supplied to the depots for this purpose,” he
The Ministry plans not to import buses in the future and hopes to
rehabilitate the existing fleet.
Most depots set a side dilapidated buses which had been plying till
new buses were provided.
The CTB bus fleet did not see a much increase even after 2,000 buses
were imported from India, for this reason, the spokesman said.
He said CTB employees’ salaries were reviewed and they were getting
higher salaries than what they received under companies.