It further plans to provide a Value Added Tax concession of Rs 400,000 to 500,000 for small bus owners to buy new buses. There is a fleet of 18,000 private buses in the country and 6,700 of them operate within the Western Province, while another 3,000 enter the Province's roads every day from other parts of Sri Lanka.
The method, developed by scientists from the Nepal Institute of Engineering's Center for Disaster Studies, fortifies stone and unfired bricks with mud and bamboo, which are easily available locally. The method works by punching a one-meter square grid of holes in the wall and covering it with a bamboo net from both the sides. Then they take gabion wire, insert in the holes to fasten the net and later cover the holes with mud to protect the net.
Scientists say since the wire is the only direct cost involved, the technology would cost the rural people somewhere between us $20-30 per house.
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