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Hybrid buses from China to upgrade public transportation

Sri Lanka is in talks with China to import hybrid buses to upgrade the country's public transport sector, State Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Ashoka Abeysinghe said at a media briefing.

Abeysinghe added 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. 

The minister said they hope to expedite the process and open the tenders in the coming 28 weeks.

"I went to China a couple of months ago and visited the Chinese companies," the state minister said.

"We are looking at hybrid buses as we do not have enough charging stations for electric buses," he added.

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

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