Ejected hawkers back in business

By L.B.Senaratne

Pavement hawkers in Kandy town who were removed on the orders of the new Municipal Commissioner C. Tennakoon came back to the pavements yesterday.

At a subsequent discussion the Municipal Commissioner held with Kandy Municipal Council members there was a consensus that the hawkers could be housed in the open space of the George E de Silva Park but there was also a suggestion that they could be given a place on the top floor of the Municipal car park. However, most members were not in favour of the latter suggestion.

The pavement hawkers are, however, adamant that they should be allowed to sell their wares on the pavements.

On the other hand the public in Kandy has praised the action taken by the Commissioner and it is learnt that a senior MMC Ilhai Abdeen has told the Mayor that the Council officers who cleared the pavements of hawkers should be protected.

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