Kandy town: Traffic plan, night bazaar to be cancelled

8 March 2019 05:02 pm - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Steps will be taken to cancel the recently implemented one-way traffic plan in Kandy town and to stop the night bazaar along the Dalada Veediya, House Leader and Minister, Lakshman Kiriella said today.

He told parliament that he had instructed Kandy Mayor Kesara Senanayake to take steps to cancel the one-way traffic plan which had proved impractical.

The minister said this in response to a question asked by UNP MP Velu Kumar, who said Kandy town was turned upside because of the traffic plan arbitrarily introduced by the Central Province Governor.

He said traffic regulations were vested with the Municipal Council and not on the central government or the provincial council and pointed out that the one-way traffic plan was a three-day experiment carried out by the MC and the PC but it appeared unworkable.

The minister said the Kandy night bazaar was launched without informing the government or the MC.

"Those who have come to Kandy recently are launching these projects without understating the historic and cultural values of the area. I instructed Kandy mayor to stop it immediately. Mahanayake Theras had also expressed their displeasure over this move," he said.

Buddhist Affairs Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera said the night bazaar was a disgrace to the Sacred City of Kandy and should be banned.

"Some people organised night races near the Dalada Maligawa some years ago. I have received so many complaints against this bazaar. We cannot allow this to happen," he said. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

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  • Nesam Friday, 08 March 2019 05:42 PM

    Night bazzar's would be a welcome change in Kandy, as there is nothing to do after 6pm, if it is organized and run properly.

    Unchikun Friday, 08 March 2019 05:50 PM

    The first knock on the head to the boot licking governor who things no end of himself. Nice, the TV channel will be sad!

    Ashoka Friday, 08 March 2019 06:03 PM

    They have no idea for development of modern facilities , alone with other cities in our region. Do Poor politics and poverty of positive thinking. Sad.

    Kandyman Friday, 08 March 2019 06:18 PM

    This traffic plan was tried twice before and was a proven failure. Repeating the same thing expecting different results is the definition of madness. These policy makers should have their heads examined.

    saliya Friday, 08 March 2019 06:22 PM

    they should have the night bazaar so that it could reduce day time shopping traffic

    mnsmart Friday, 08 March 2019 06:46 PM

    this is what you can expect when a person who had never stepped to Kandy for its highest rank.

    Hakeem Friday, 08 March 2019 07:47 PM

    Reply to Kandyman. Sir, this was successful to the organisers. That is why they were having this Tamasha over n over again. In sacred areas and close to schools they should not have these.

    A Hettiarachchi Friday, 08 March 2019 07:53 PM

    Both Central Province Governor and Southern Province Governor appear not to suit the position of a Provincial Governor.

    rogue Friday, 08 March 2019 09:23 PM

    For goodness sake it's a night bazaar where people come to shop and enjoy good food with friends and family. It's not like there's booze and loud inappropriate music . Jeez how backward can you be.

    scot justin Sunday, 10 March 2019 11:39 AM

    excellent move!


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