Transport Secretary takes over duties:
Dhammika puts on new thinking cap
Transport Ministry Secretary Dhammika Perera called for the
dedication of Ministry officials in order to make the public transport
service a better one for the commuters.
Transport Ministry Secretary Dhammika Perera in discussion
He made this request from the Transport Ministry officials at a
discussion he had with them at the Ministry, soon after assuming duties
in his new post.
He said that the on-going building work on the North Eastern railroad
needs to be expedited, and discussed the measures being taken to extend
the railway from Omanthai.
The Secretary and Ministry officials exchanged views on how to
upgrade the railway network in the Fort, Maradana, Bambalapitiya and
Kollupitiya by improving the condition in canteens, toilets, passenger
lounges etc. They also focussed on bringing about better facilities for
elderly passengers and children using the public transport system. The
Secretary also discussed about the difficulties people face at the Motor
Vehicles Department when they go to obtain driving licences.
It was decided at the meeting to streamline the system to make all
institutions that come under the Transport Ministry.
The Secretary inquired into the financial status of each institution
and stressed that all action will be taken to minimize losses incurred,
and to reach breakeven within a short period, paving way for a situation
that makes a decent profit from the services while offering a better
service than ever.