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By Kusal Chamath

Several illegal pavement hawkers along the main roads in the Panadura town were removed today by the Panadura Urban Council and the Road Development Authority with the help of the Panadura police.

The move which is part of the government’s clean up efforts against illegal structures sparked tension between the officials and the hawkers who urged the authorities to reconsider as hundreds of families would be forced into starvation without a livelihood.

Secretary of the Panadura United Traders Association, Sanjeewa Perera said that fruits and other commodities were all destroyed due to the haphazard removing of the stalls.

Meanwhile a senior official of the Urban Council said that the traders concerned would be provided alternate locations to run their businesses.

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  • I Hussein Monday, 16 August 2010 03:27 PM

    I agree Shevon. But these guys are poor vendors with limited capitol making their day to day living. What will they go now, just think for a second.

    Dee Tuesday, 17 August 2010 04:04 AM

    Good news for common people of panadura, these hawkers were a menace who could not be controlled for decades, even cemented structures were put up on public roads.

    Rohan Tuesday, 17 August 2010 10:42 AM

    Well done UDA. Now Panadura town will be like Borella.
    The hawkers should be given a separate place.

    adam Monday, 16 August 2010 10:56 AM

    Destruction first, solution second!, what a new way of cleaning the cities.

    Anura Monday, 16 August 2010 10:57 AM

    Please accomodate these people properly somewhere at state cost or at defence expenses

    Shevon Monday, 16 August 2010 11:04 AM

    these people were given warnings way ahead. what about the rest of us who have to pay a rent for a good property to do our business and these fellers who dont have to pay rent nor taxes. Unfair isn't it?

    Thush Monday, 16 August 2010 11:25 AM

    Getting started is the most difficult thing in any development project. Yet we must begin to "break the ice" and make an effort to do this if we are ever to find we can do it effectively. Let's look at some of the positive things and not allways critisise whatever goverment is doing. Thanks to GR now at least commutors can now walk in the streets of Pettah, Borella, Nugegoda etc. without any hindrance. Removing them has to be started somewhere. Think if they are given alternative places and requesting them to vacate pavements? Will they ever move? They will not, practical solution is removing first. Use your brain before commenting here.

    Lanka Monday, 16 August 2010 11:03 PM

    We do need to have proper urban development, but not by letting people starve.

    LondonLankan_DT Monday, 16 August 2010 01:21 PM

    i think most of us agree that the money previously spent on defence could be used in a better manner than for babysitting hawkers who didnt heed previous warnings.

    LondonLankan_DT Monday, 16 August 2010 01:22 PM

    well said. unfortunately, you can't get anything done by being polite.


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