800 vendors owe Rs.75 Mn to CMC

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  • Many of these vendors don’t have the finances to run these stalls so they rent it out to others

 

By Indika Sri Aravinda   

More than 800 vendors in Fifth Cross Street have been asked to pay Rs.75 million in arrears, the Colombo Municipality said.   


It said vendors had not paid rates to the municipality for more than five years and that they had been instructed by the Municipal Commissioner to seal the stalls last Thursday.   


However, the officials were unable to do so because the vendors had protested against the move and during discussions held the next day vendors had agreed to pay the arrears in an year.   


Deputy Chairman of the Self Employees Union, Joseph Anthony said during discussions held with Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake it had been decided that 50 per cent of the arrears was to be paid within six months while the balance would be paid before the end of the year.   


Mr. Anthony said there were 289 stalls and the vendors had to pay a monthly rental of Rs.5,270 for the stalls that were five feet by four feet. Vendors occupying the other 534 stalls had to pay a monthly rent of Rs.3,080.   


When asked if there were vendors who rented out the space to others, Mr. Anthony admitted there were close to a 100 such stalls and that many had not paid the rates due to the municipality. “Many of these vendors don’t have the finances to run these stalls so they rent it out to others and live on the income, therefore many don’t have the funds to pay the rates themselves,” he said.