Panadura public market is on the verge of collapse Panadura UC intervenes to provide relief to traders

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By K.S.Fernando   

Nandena Gunathileke the Chairman of the UNP controlled Panadura Urban Council said around 300 traders selling vegetables and fish at the Panadura Public Market building are living in fear of any possible danger to their life due to the dilapidated stated of the two storeyed building which was on the verge of collapse. He said the traders and the customers would be the victims if it suddenly collapsed.   


He pointed out that about four years ago the Engineers of the Government Building Dept had conducted a survey and condemned the building that was not suitable for a market place where thousands of people gather. They had informed the Panadura Urban Council but the Council had not taken action to remove the traders.   


“Therefore the present Council had to take immediate precautionary measures to save the lives of the traders – by removing them from the building providing alternative arrangements. An awareness programme would be launched with immediate effect.” He made this observation while addressing the monthly meeting of the Panadura Urban Council held on May 8th at the Council’s Aditorium where 18 councillors belongs to various political parties participated   
 He tabled a resolution regarding the matter which is unanimously approved by the Councillors who discussed the matter regarding the dilapidated building of the Panadura Public Market  


 “As an urgent matter the council must resolve this issue and it should be taken up the matter with the Govt and the Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka. All Councillors must discuss the matter with the minister to find out a solution to construct a new two storey building to house the Panadura Public Market” Nandena Gunathileke said   

 

Therefore the present Council had to take immediate precautionary measures to save the lives of the traders – by removing them from the building providing alternative arrangements.


 The Councillors urged the Chairman to provide alternative arrangements for the traders to engage in selling vegetable fish and other essential items to the Public after they may remove from the building. This building should be demolished and construct a new two storey building with all facilities  


The Chairman said that there is a private land in the heart of the Panadura town used as a Car Park that could be used if the Council discuss the matter with the Owner The Council could lease the land to provide alternative arrangements for the traders The Council had to construct sheds and provide temporary accommodation to the traders to carry on business.  


 Vice Chairman P.D.William said removing the traders was not an easy task and that it would create a serious consequences which could only be resolved by providing alternative accommodation in a location agreeable to them.  
UPLF member Rajive Weeraman said the public market was an eye sore in the town and all its buildings were in a dilapidated condition. He pointed out that the waste water drains were all obstructed due to neglect of maintenance and the nauseating smell from stagnant water was unbearable.   


“Meanwhile extortion is going on unchecked from the traders running business by the roadside. 


Petty traders can operate businesses  by the roadside only with the permission of the extortionists. The UC had failed to collect revenue amounting to millions of rupees for the last several years” He said.