No more political activities at 23 public grounds in Colombo

2016-08-04 02:23:12

Political rallies and meetings will no longer be held at some 23 public grounds located in Colombo and its suburbs including the Hyde Park Corner, the Colombo Municipality said yesterday.

Among the 23 grounds, the renovation works of some ten public grounds had already begun, CMC Commissioner M.K.V.Anura said.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, CMC Commissioner M.K.V.Anura said no political party or trade union would be allowed to hold their rallies and meetings at the grounds including the Hyde Park Corner ground, Maligawatte P.D. Sirisena football ground, Ratnam Ground Colombo 13 and Nawagampura Ground, Colombo which were currently being renovated.

" The Hyde Park Corner Ground is being converted into a foot ball complex," he said.

“Hyde Park Corner Ground was earlier a football complex used by the public. After the political rallies and meetings started to take place there, the opportunity for the public to use the grounds for sports is lost,” Mr. Anura said.

He said the grounds which were earlier used as a sport complex, later were utilised for political rallies which became a nuisance. Hence such public grounds should be given only to the public.

"The renovation works started at the Hyde Park Corner Grounds are scheduled to be completed in ten days time," Mr. Anura said. (Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 30

  • Citizen Silva Thursday, 4 August 2016 03:49

    It is sadly mistaken if politicos think that peoples power can be suppressed by such draconian regulations. Masses will find a way. Government is shooting it's own foot.

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    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 4 August 2016 04:46

    However good intention for sports and recreation as depicted (and true to an extent) it also reflects a form of suppression of political activities and dissent.

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    C.K.Lankaputhra Thursday, 4 August 2016 06:04

    No political, trade union or any other demonstrations or meetings creating traffic jams and inconvenience shall be stopped within municipal limits of Colombo and major citiies in Sri Lanka by law.

    Reply : 22       37

    Harry Thursday, 4 August 2016 16:31

    But tooting horns, bashing pots were not on public grounds but on Public Roads! Where were you then?

    Reply : 3       6

    Cobra Thursday, 4 August 2016 06:49

    Hope the list also includes Galle face!

    Reply : 8       36

    Harry Friday, 5 August 2016 18:36

    Sorry! It's reserved for the Government!

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    Sharmini Thursday, 4 August 2016 06:57

    Wise decision.

    Reply : 23       38

    Sim Thursday, 4 August 2016 07:11

    Hyde park is not enough to play competitive football

    Reply : 13       30

    Unchikun Thursday, 4 August 2016 07:26

    This is good news. No more traffic jams when trying to get home after a hard days work. MR and the then mayor of Colombo destroyed Hyde Park and made it a place tor political rallies depriving the kids of the playground. We should never vote for these two anti social elements.

    Reply : 25       39

    Jeff Thursday, 4 August 2016 07:43

    Good decision.

    Reply : 22       35

    sobers Thursday, 4 August 2016 07:43

    Very good move. Allocate an area for these useless political meetings, Protests, Strikes, walks .. etc in a place which doesn't disrupt the life of citizens. We need to go with the developed world.

    Reply : 18       36

    mm Thursday, 4 August 2016 07:57

    good move. one good thing that came out of the Yathra lets hope as a democratic country the People have the right and a place to protest and rally or else they will sit on the road like in HKor else they via DM iOS App

    Reply : 7       22

    Politician Thursday, 4 August 2016 07:59

    The Municipal Commissioner may not be having the last say What activities are to be allowed here and where would the political activities be via DM Android App

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    Bala Thursday, 4 August 2016 08:09

    These public meetings are a nuisance and cause total paralysis of civilian life. Just for publicity and no real value.Build a venue or give some venue outside Colombo where it does not block main artery roads.

    Reply : 12       25

    usaguy Thursday, 4 August 2016 08:10

    not enough. ban political activities on public roads which inconvenience our daily life. all protests should be off the main roads. via DM Android App

    Reply : 9       27

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 4 August 2016 08:18

    Excellent move, but it needs to be made law, not just a temporary move.

    Reply : 8       27

    Realbuffaloa Thursday, 4 August 2016 14:44

    Yeh!!, really a buffalo move!!!

    Reply : 2       6

    Roman Thursday, 4 August 2016 09:17

    Very good move!! we shall not let the politico's and their hooligan supporters destroy our city!!

    Reply : 10       30

    Gamaya Thursday, 4 August 2016 09:41

    I hope someone go to the Supreme Courts and file a case against the CMC, This is violating the fundamental rights of the people. Which ever the political party, CMC should not deprive their fundamental rights to gather.

    Reply : 23       23

    Mm Thursday, 4 August 2016 09:51

    Yes, good move.. But will protesters sit on the middle of the roads like HK.

    Reply : 6       7

    Football Player Thursday, 4 August 2016 09:54

    Can any sane sports club or personal teams hold football matches at Hyde Park Grounds via DM Android App

    Reply : 8       16

    Kumar Thursday, 4 August 2016 12:16

    This decision should be applicable to all the political people including the president and the prime minister .

    Reply : 4       20

    A.Withanage Thursday, 4 August 2016 14:25

    Only rulers propaganda will now be heard UNP and UNP wing of SLFP over TV and national day meetings.. No decent or any opposition will be tolerated for the next 30 years. It Is vital for the survival of both factions. Country also has no real opposition party or leader who represent grivences of the ordinary people. very sad to see state of democracy. With the numbers in parliament including the peoples rejects with the external support who will dare to oppose. via DM Android App

    Reply : 1       5

    Soccerite Thursday, 4 August 2016 14:30

    Even kids cannot play football after renovation at Hyde Park. The stage has taken a large portion of the space. via DM Android App

    Reply : 2       3

    Hora Thursday, 4 August 2016 15:25

    Very soon they themselves will break this law.

    Reply : 2       9

    Friday forum Thursday, 4 August 2016 15:40

    Yes we agree with this guided democracy .

    Reply : 3       4

    Aruna Thursday, 4 August 2016 15:46

    This country is now on the clear path of dictatorship. Good Luck or Good Bye to Yahapalanaya?

    Reply : 2       12

    Henry Thursday, 4 August 2016 16:37

    Is this applicable for May day and Independence day too!Hope it's yes!!,

    Reply : 1       12

    SL Friday, 5 August 2016 04:03


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    Patrick Friday, 5 August 2016 08:03

    Welcome such a good move, also if same are adapted in other towns too is welcome.

    Reply : 0       0

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