Mobitel, the national mobile service provider embarked on ‘Shelter in Our Hands’, a project to install bus shelters in remote rural areas via reprocessing.
A well-designed, comfortable and conveniently located bus shelter is essential to protect against the sun, inclement weather and long waits, making travel a stress-free experience. Many routes have inadequate bus shelters and responding to this need, Mobitel conceptualized the ‘Shelter in our Hands’ project to benefit both the community and the environment.
Whenever Mobitel upgrades its transmission tower sheds, which are manufactured of metal, instead of discarding the unwanted material, Mobitel conceptualized an initiative to reprocess it to build bus shelters.
Five bus shelters have been built in locations in the country’s rural areas, while 60 requests from diverse geographical regions such as Ella, Nuwara Eliya, Trincomalee, Ampara, Batticaloa, Vavuniya, Moneragala, Matara, Peradeniya, Baduraliya, Badulla and Polonnaruwa are being evaluated. Mobitel envisions 200 such bus shelters around the country’s rural areas to bring comfort to travelers and reduce hardship