"Sahasara Bus Modernization" Programme

Budget Speech para. 141: "The “Sahasara” Bus Modernization Program will get priority in the next 5 years to transform bus services across the country. Private Sector Bus Employees will now have better job security with EPF and ETF contributions being made and being eligible to get loan facilities as an incentive for better service towards passengers. A Revenue Support Fund will be established as a transitional arrangement to enable bus owners to be paid on a monthly basis for the kilometre operated, rather than the highly unsatisfactory competition that exists, causing inconvenience to the public, accidents and chaos on our roads. We also commit to introducing within the next few months, starting with the Central and the Western Provinces, pre-paid fare cards, electronic tracking of buses, using GPS and information on next bus and bus schedules, delivered to the palm of the passenger through mobile applications." Allocation Revised: The allocation has been revised to Rs. 100 mn.

  • Allocation (Rs. Mn)1,000
  • SectorTransport
  • Ministry / Government Institution : Ministry of Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Facilities

Openness Tracker


Information was obtained through the Action Plan and Progress Report available on the website of the ministry. The request for information filed under the Right to Information Act No 12 of 2016 also directed us to the online source of information. Further clarifications were obtained through email communication with the Information Officer.

Progress Tracker


As per the Progress Report, progress as at 31st December 2019 was 3.7% of the target set for 2019.

Agency Openness Ranking 8

The Ministry of Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Facilities was ranked 8th out of 16 government institutions assessed in 2019. The rank was determined based on the weighted average score of 61.3 received by the ministry (weighted average based on allocation). This score was based on the disclosure of information on 7 proposals assessed in 2019, which were under the purview of the ministry.

Budget Speech para. 129 & para. 141: Fully usable information was obtained for both proposals through the website of the ministry.

Budget Speech para. 134: Fully usable information for the proposal was obtained through a request filed under the Right To Information Act and was received within the stipulated timelines.

Budget Speech para. 43 & para. 139: Partially usable information was obtained for both proposals through the website of the Department of Project Management & Monitoring.

Budget Speech para. 44 & para. 130: No information on progress was available for the proposals.

For detailed information on the method of calculating the weighted average scores: http://www.budgetpromises.org/en/how-it-works

Sources of Information

  • Budget Tracker - Website Website
  • Budget Tracker - Website RTI