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Sri Lanka aims to import hybrid buses from China

IANS  |  Colombo 

is in talks with to import hybrid buses to upgrade the island's public transport sector, the media reported on Tuesday.

of Transport and Civil Aviation said that he was in discussions with Chinese companies which manufacture hydrogen powered buses and hybrid buses and the procurement plan to purchase the buses had been finalized, reported.

The said he hopes to expedite the process and open the tenders in the coming 28 weeks. "I went to a couple of months ago and visited the Chinese companies... We are looking at hybrid buses as we do not have enough charging stations for electric buses," Abeysinghe added.

is looking to boost its public transport infrastructure, particularly in Colombo, amid rising tourist numbers and increased road congestion.

A recent government survey estimated that by 2030 more than 60 per cent of the island's population will depend on public transport to travel to the capital.



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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 16:58 IST