Street vendors, who have been given permission by the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) to set up their stalls, would be given an identification card to operate, Colombo Mayor A.J.M. Muzammil said yesterday.
Reiterating that he did not give permission for street vending to take place in all parts of Colombo, he said that permission was given for street vendors only on certain pavements in Pettah.
“If street vendors were to set up stalls they are required to produce an ID issued by the CMC. Till a permanent solution is found we have given permission for the vendors only along the by-roads of First Cross Street, the Second Cross Street and Third Cross Street in Pettah to carry out their businesses during the Ramadhan season,” he said.
Muzammil said that a decision to issue identification cards was made because street vendors sell the stalls given by the CMC and continue to operate elsewhere without paying their due rates to the municipality.
“With the upcoming elections there was a lot of interference by political parties to provide a comprehensive solution for the vendors. Now however it has been sorted and we are carrying out discussions with the relevant authorities to find a permanent solution once the Ramadhan season is over,” he said. (Rumana Razick)
Comments - 6
Observer Thursday, 25 June 2015 05:38 AM
Dilipa Thursday, 25 June 2015 05:57 AM
This is totally unnecessary. You guys are asking for trouble come next election. If you really want to help these Muslim vendors, you can close these streets on weekends and let them carryout their business like a weekend market. But keep streets clean on week days.This Government is SOOOO wiped out next election..
Gamaya Thursday, 25 June 2015 06:18 AM
Thank you for changing minds of more than 100,000 of voters, who voted for UNP last time,
Citizen Perera Thursday, 25 June 2015 07:05 AM
Muzammil is a wheeler dealer. He should have been sent in a white van for good.
SB Thursday, 25 June 2015 07:24 AM
what good that is done is undone by foolish greedy ignorant Politicians for money and cheap popularity. Remember that the people will soon vote at elections!
Prem Nath Thursday, 25 June 2015 11:05 AM
One of the worst mayors of Sri Lanka.
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