Tense situation arises among Pettah shop-keepers over announcement

Tense situation arises among Pettah shop-keepers over announcement

Written by Bella Dalima

16 Aug, 2014 | 8:02 pm

The Urban Development Authority has informed shop owners who had set up stalls on the pavement in Bastian Mawatha in Pettah to vacate their stalls as they are to be demolished  on Sunday evening.

Following the announcement, a tense situation arose in the area.  Shop keepers state that they stalls are being removed in an unfair manner.

Attorney-at-Law, Sunil Watagala who appeared on behalf of these shop owners noted that this was an unfair decision.

He said: “On the 11th of August 2014 the Human Rights Commission took a decision stating that it was unfair to remove these shops. It was decided not to demolish these shops till the case concluded. This is illegal, unfair and unethical. We only request that you delay the decision to remove these shops ..”

The Urban Development Authority stated that the shop owners will be granted room in the new floating market complex being constructed in Pettah.

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