MPL is going to invest MVR100 million for a bridge bus service on the Malé to Hulhulé bridge in Sri Lanka. The bus service is expected open later this year.
The assistant CEO, Rabih Mohamed, in an interview with the local media told that the service, at first will start with 22 buses in an interval of 10 minutes.
For the service, three sizes of buses; single deck for 50-70 passenger, double deck for 80-100 passengers, shuttle bus with luggage for 40-45 passengers will be acquired soon.
The project to provide bus service was given to MPL last year. The bridge is expected to open by July end and the company hopes to start the service at the same time.
He further told about the allocation of land to build passenger terminals, along with the designing. Parking space and restaurants will also be made at the terminal to provide aids to the passengers, according to MPL CEO, Abdul Razzaq Khaleem. Although, the convenience fees will be charged for the service.
The bus service project will also provide jobs as the need for conductors, drivers and terminus employees will increase.
The bridge project, launched in December 2015, was given grant aid from the Chinese Government.