The Road Development Authority has ordered street food traders at the Kimbulawela junction to vacate the area by tomorrow (Dec. 08), Street Food Shop Owners Association President Sisira Dissanayake says.
Speaking to ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’, he said that the RDA has notified them of this via a letter signed by the RDA’s Executive engineer of the Western Province.
Noting that the letter mentions no reason for the measure, Mr. Dissanayake says that they refuse to move, since that would result in losing their livelihood.
He further said : “We have been informed to vacate the area by Dec. 08. MPs Namal and Madhura asked us to do this properly. However much we try to do this in a hygienic manner, they are still trying to remove us… This is the third time the RDA has informed us in writing to vacate. They are not giving a reason but just saying that they received orders from the top. We will not vacate… We urge the government to let us continue while charging a fee from us. The President always emphasises on nightlife. Open your eyes Mr. President… There are around 27 stalls here and even tourists come here… All this trouble is being created over the want of some individual.”
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