In a significant development, the Ministry of Transport has received approval to proceed with the import of 50 cutting-edge low-floor electric buses. These innovative buses will be acquired using funds secured from a generous grant by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This initiative marks a remarkable step towards sustainable and eco-friendly transportation, showcasing the nation’s commitment to green technologies and international collaborations for a greener future..
In the wake of last month’s Cabinet endorsement, these buses are set to play a pivotal role in addressing environmental harm caused by harmful exhaust emissions, while also offering a strategic solution to counteract the effects of escalating fuel costs. This move underscores a proactive approach towards sustainable transportation and cost management, aligning with the nation’s commitment to eco-conscious practices and economic resilience.
Initially, these buses are slated to operate within Colombo and its adjoining suburbs. This strategic deployment aims to optimize urban transport efficiency while catering to the diverse mobility needs of both city residents and suburban commuters.