Haphazard parking unchecked in Bandaragama

Published : 10:52 am  July 14, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (1078) reads | 


TEXT & PICS BY DAYARATHNA PATHIRANA Pedestrians and residents in Bandaragama, Kesbewa complained of the traffic jam caused by a number of vehicles parked at the junction that leads to Bandaragama. Even though the road was renovated and widened, the increasing number of vehicles using the road constantly had lead to traffic congestion throughout the day. Motorists stated they spent at least half an hour each day at the junction.

Motorists and residents alike pointed the finger at vehicles parked outside shops along the road and stated they were unable to use the road fully that was recently renovated. A large number of pedestrians and residents were inconvenienced by several haphazardly parked vehicles.

transform the Wattala Prithipura Beach Park into a tourism zone at a cost of Rs. 25 million. The beach park one of the only two spots between Wattala and Negombo draws large crowds, both locals and foreigners each day. The area is also home to a number of hotels, which only increases the number of visitors to the beach daily. Vendors at the beach use shelters that were made by the Western Provincial Tourism Ministry several years ago, which are now unusable. The project aims to construct vendors better shelter and a premises for business. Former Western Provincial Councillor Lawrence Madiwela and R. P Kumara, Coordinating Secretary to Minister John Amaratunga, are in-charge of the project. Speaking of the project Madiwela said the project would increase the living standard of vendors in the area as it would bring in more foreigners and provide better services to local visitors. Meanwhile, Mr.Kumara commenting on the project said they would also construct a beach park, walking paths, a children’s park, car park and a police post. “We will also collaborate with the Red Cross to have a team of life guards present at the park at all times. We will also charge for parking to ensure an income for maintaining the premises,” he said. A group of workers would also be employed to keep the premises clean. “We will pay their salaries from the rent we receive from the new shelter we build for vendors. We also hope to construct several wash-rooms, shower- rooms and changing rooms,” he said.