Moves to reduce traffic congestion by next month

The Prime Minister said that there are too many vehicles on the roads of Colombo and if the traffic congestion issue is not resolved then the public will need to start using helicopters. He said that once that is done, measures can be taken to reduce the number of vehicles entering the city. The Government is to take short term measures to reduce traffic congestion in Colombo by next month, Parliament was informed today.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament that a good public transport system must be in place to meet the transport needs of the public. Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise Development Eran Wickramaratne said last week that the Government has identified heavy road congestion as one of the major issues facing Colombo.Wickramaratne said that 500,000 vehicles entering Colombo daily is neither eco-friendly nor an efficient means of getting from home to work or school. (Colombo Gazette)