Street vending only on certain streets-Mayor

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Colombo Mayor A.J.M. Muzammil said yesterday that street vending would be allowed only on certain pavements in Pettah and nowhere else in the city.

“We have decided to allow street vending on certain pavements in Pettah, with the exception of 1st Cross Street. This is a temporary solution for the Ramazan season, and once we decide on a permanent solution they will be moved to other areas. Street vending will not be allowed anywhere else in the city,” he said.

He said that the decision to allow street hawkers on pavements again was reached because of political considerations.

“There was a lot of political interference in the decision to allow pavement hawking, because elections are coming up. Everybody wants to be the hero of the vendors, so I had to take that decision. But now everything has been sorted out,” he said.

Speaking to Daily Mirror, the mayor said that he did not take this decision for his own political advantage, and that such a rumour was spread as a politically motivated slander to discredit him. (Jehan Gunasekara)


 
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  • modaya Wednesday, 24 June 2015 09:34 AM

    We the people CBO salute Gota what he did to beautify the city of Colombo. The current mayor is communal minded trader I warn there will be riot on CBO against the muslims by Singhalese and Tamils.Colombo is not Pakistan or India.

    john Thursday, 25 June 2015 05:34 AM

    Mayor it is very clear to the country that you are playing politics. Now that Gota is not their to guide you people can now see the difference between good governance and rubbish mayors. Anyway all the best.

    Anyan Wednesday, 24 June 2015 03:22 PM

    I agree!

    Rasheed Wednesday, 24 June 2015 10:14 AM

    Then what about allowing Sinhalese and Hindu to sell during New year time and the Catholics during Christmas time. I think the Mayor is off his nut.

    Anil Wednesday, 24 June 2015 10:17 AM

    Thanks for the contribution to ruin the country

    Prem Nath Wednesday, 24 June 2015 10:32 AM

    Mr.Mayor,the hawkers were given specified areas with builtstalls to vendor their goods by the previous government,who really cleaned up the city and made it a beautiful capital every one was proud of.UNP has done nothing good so far,only reversing the standard of Sri Lanka to spite the previous regime.

    stunned citizen Wednesday, 24 June 2015 11:08 AM

    Mr. Mayor must allowing this to ensure he has funding for his Casino jaunts at night.

    Anyan Wednesday, 24 June 2015 11:10 AM

    At this point we have to make impartial decision. It is true that hawkers are disturbing the pavements but at the same time poor they also have to survive. Most of the guys commented here looking this issue in a communal mind criticising the mayor. At the same time praising Gota. Gota ordered to clear the street vendors to attain political benefits but did he solve the problems of the poor people except playing out billions of money from the urban development projects?

    adamsapple Wednesday, 24 June 2015 11:38 AM

    UNP is after the votes... not the development of the country...

    antony Wednesday, 24 June 2015 11:42 AM

    The so called poor vendors were given an alternative location to make their living. The pavements are meant for pedestrians to walk safely. Lets come out from the third world country mentality and develop this country for the benefit of all citizens.

    Samantha Perera Wednesday, 24 June 2015 06:12 AM

    Please bring on pavement hawking and on the spot urination as we will have to fit into Tamilnadu. Culture very soon with this government.

    Shirani Wednesday, 24 June 2015 12:00 PM

    Muzamil will do anything if he can gain. He is horrible and a nasty man . In fact he is a disgrace

    Chanz Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:17 AM

    We support good governance. But, please do not let this happen. We knew how Colombo looked before. We do not need that ugly environment.

    chandra Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:42 AM

    Last few years at least we walked freely on street. Now you can hear hawkers shouting?????

    Labai Labai Wednesday, 24 June 2015 12:23 PM

    Onna dan thamai Gotage agey therenne. Hapoi Yahapalane.......!

    jefg Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:53 AM

    Let the poor vendor sell their products on the street.Norhing wrong. Gota stopped this to punish the muslim poor street vendors.

    Kennedy Angelo Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:59 AM

    Colombo Mayor says that street vending allowed to only on limited areas but withing very soon this mafia will spared to nook and corner ,streets and again tarnishing the image of beautiful Colombo,Please stop this,

    chanda Wednesday, 24 June 2015 12:40 PM

    UNP method is dirty city.

    usaguy Wednesday, 24 June 2015 08:13 AM

    with that comes pick pocketing pimping con artists and other crooks who dupe the public on the pavement. Mr. Mayor dont talk BS. via DM Android App

    SL Wednesday, 24 June 2015 08:14 AM

    Gota made this politically disliked decision to move the street hawkers and keep the city clean like in any other beautiful cities in the world.now this greedy mayor is going to spoil the city just for mere votes.grossly unacceptable .Believe me I voted for My3

    juju Wednesday, 24 June 2015 08:34 AM

    very disappointed colombo was looking so beautiful and on track to become like singapore just a few months ago now its just taken 5 steps back very sad

    juju Wednesday, 24 June 2015 08:34 AM

    very disappointed colombo was looking so beautiful and on track to become like singapore just a few months ago now its just taken 5 steps back very sad

    John Wednesday, 24 June 2015 01:07 PM

    A sure recipe for UNP defeat at the next elections....

    Yahapala Wednesday, 24 June 2015 08:46 AM

    Wow....nice decision from Muzammil and UNP. Majority of the people of this country eagerly waiting to give the correct answer to you guys in the up coming general election.You wait and see.......

    AS Wednesday, 24 June 2015 08:47 AM

    PIGs love to be in Mud.... There is NO big difference between UNP

    Richard Wednesday, 24 June 2015 09:07 AM

    This guy should be sent home. Not at all worthy of the Mayoral position.Wonder what he will come and saytomorrow.

    Dilipa Wednesday, 24 June 2015 09:09 AM

    Dear Mt Mayor,So you want to be a hero before anyone elase?. do these vendors pay Tax as the rest of the people and the shops that use the pavements?You are thinking from your back side!No wonder MR gathering the support....

    Donald Duck Wednesday, 24 June 2015 09:13 AM

    Please ... we need all these plus all things like Tamil Nadu and most parts of India. At least go back to pre-2005 so that people had the freedom to do anything on the streets including urinating and smoking in public. GR took all those rights away from us.

    sudath Wednesday, 24 June 2015 09:17 AM

    Very clear about ethnic favoritism due to Ramadan. Soon the hawkers will crowd borella, thunmulla, eye hospital, fort colpetty again. UNP voter base.


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