Pavement hawkers warned

23 May 2010 08:25 am - 30     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Defence Ministry has issued a warning to pavement hawkers with unauthorized structures to remove their belongings within a stipulated deadline. The warning was issued to illegal pavement hawkers in the Ratnapura town.

When contacted police spokesman SP Preshantha Jayakody told Daily Mirror online that the police has been issued orders to remove all illegal pavement hawkers and unauthorized structures in cities around the country. (GS)

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  • Monday, 24 May 2010 05:02 AM

    Thuggish vermin they may be but this is the only way these people could probably earn a living. The country is already reeling with high unemployment this will make matters worse.

    How about creating some real jobs for these people so they do not have to resort to this anymore. Chasing them away is like sqeezing a baloon it will bulge somewhere else may be more beggers and burgglers next.

    Monday, 24 May 2010 05:21 AM

    First thing earlier places occupied by hawkers have now been taken over by parking three wheelers and motor cars, which authority will take action against this? Moreover, these vendors/hawkers have kept their belongings on several first floors of buildings in Pettah, even owners of these buildings can not do anything now to evict them. Over to the authorities. KSM

    Monday, 24 May 2010 05:32 AM

    Alternative arrangements should be found for these people since there livelihood should not be lost

    Monday, 24 May 2010 10:56 AM

    well done Goda

    Monday, 24 May 2010 06:28 AM

    Not a particularly smart move. This will backfire.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 08:40 AM

    Very good.How about the Hawkers in Nugegoda station road.
    Poor pedestrians had to walk on the main road!!!!

    Monday, 24 May 2010 06:29 AM

    why should the Defense Ministry issue this warning......!!!!makes no sense.Its so easy for people to come in here and rave about welcoming the clean up....Wouldn't it be better for the govnt to provide alternative measures for them to carry on their businesses.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 08:58 AM

    shoulda been done a long time back.. better late than never I guess..

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 09:02 AM

    So its a full clean up...I think still no plans to give them a new place to do their job....

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 09:24 AM

    You all voted and you all were dancing after the election and now enjoy yourself

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 09:34 AM

    Passing the buck! The easy way out.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 09:35 AM

    Good move.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 10:35 AM

    where are these people gonna go??
    how are they gonna earn and live???
    first alternative place and then evict !!!

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 11:31 AM

    Dear gota, you are the only hope we have. Please clean the all the cities and develop nice road structure. Meantime , please try to allocate some place to these people to do their job, though its not compulsory , as a Buddhist, its always good !

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 11:46 AM

    Please do the same in Panadura area.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 12:21 PM

    This is a good comment. Definitely true. Those people are truely disturbing and causing so much inconvinience. Specially on the seasonal times.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 12:23 PM

    Why should the Defence Ministry get involved in all these things.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 12:24 PM

    A very good move. Pavements are meant for pedestrians. Now we have to walk in the main roads as people gather in queues to buy goods from them and causing a 'pedestrian traffic' in the pavement. Truly a nuisance And annoying too. And also pedestrians have no use of the pavements as a safety line.

    Monday, 24 May 2010 07:28 AM

    It is not only because of pavement hawkers that pedestrians have to walk on the road - what about the several vehicles parked on the pavement, compelling pedestrians to walk on the road. Its better to allow vehicles parking on the road - and allow the pedestrians access to walk along pavements.

    Monday, 24 May 2010 07:29 AM

    That the Defence Ministry should be involved in urban development -like cleaning of drains, clearing draining systems etc - its a joke

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 01:31 PM

    He means what he says, beware you hawhers.

    Monday, 24 May 2010 07:37 AM

    Well some parts the pavement hawkers are gone but now the three wheelers are parked in the same areas!!

    Monday, 24 May 2010 07:56 AM

    Hats off to the Defence Secretary for taking the initiatives

    Monday, 24 May 2010 07:59 AM

    Good Work, hope the same will be done in Kegalle and Mawanella ...

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 04:46 PM

    They are not Hawks...they are Vultures !.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 10:14 PM

    Agree that unauthorised Pavement Hawkers have to be cleared, since public has to use the pavements.
    But first build / create an market area for these hawkers to do their trade. People benefit from this trade.
    Hawkers also have a family to support. Many of them are ex-servicemen / dependents.
    Most work as hawkers , due to lack of employement opportunities.
    Remember that many hawkers voted / support, President MR & UPFA.
    Do not allow JVP / UNP to use this opportunity to creates strikes / problems.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 11:27 PM

    Way to go Mr. Defence Ministry. How about Wellawatte and Dehiwela???

    Monday, 24 May 2010 08:52 AM

    PAVEMENT should be cleared for pedestrians. And also to keep our country this will be good move.
    But one thing we must understand, who will provide jobs for these innocent pedestrian hawkers, They may have earned the living from this source for a long time Then it is not easy for any one to find another source for living. One pavement hawker may be looking after 5 or more than five members in a family.

    Monday, 24 May 2010 12:54 AM

    Finally ...an excellent move!
    Clear the criminal thuggish vermins from the pavements to make way for pedestians & more importantly to beautify the cities.
    Galle road needs a thorough clean up staring from Colpetty to Wellawatte.

    Monday, 24 May 2010 02:40 AM

    Good point. Secondly, how come all this is being done after the elections? Thirdly, the authorities have been doing this sort of thing on and off for the past 5 years but the problem has persisted.


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