Anti-begging moves afoot; authorities insist buses are for travel only

Anti-begging moves afoot; authorities insist buses are for travel only

Anti-begging moves afoot; authorities insist buses are for travel only

Written by Staff Writer

22 Dec, 2015 | 10:23 am

The Lanka Private Bus Owners Association said that begging in buses and engaging in trading activities inside buses will be banned from January 1.

Chairman of the Association, Gamunu Wijayaratne said that a request will be made to the IGP on Tuesday, to arrest those who beg or engage in trading activities inside buses.

Gamunu Wijeyaratne said that this step was taken after taking into consideration complaints made by the public that begging and trading inside buses were a disturbance to them.

It has been reported that begging and trading in Public Transport Services had caused severe discomfort to passengers.

According to controller of rail security of the Sri Lanka railway department,Senaka Jayasena, the department can file legal action under clause 12 of the railway act against beggers and vendors who act in a manner that inconvenice commuters. The controler of rail security also said this provision is in operation for the safety of passengers.

However, people had diverse views on the matter

Minister of Megapolis and Western Province Development,Patali Champika Ranawaka at at a ceremony held yesterday stated that beggers and stray dogs in the areas are due to adhoc urbanization and there are around 400 beggers seen in and around the Colombo city and there are nearly 2000 beggars, 2000 cows, and 16000 stray dogs around cities and over over hundred thousand slums because of unplanned urbanization .

He further added that Flash floods a result of adhoc urbanization but we are building the country on a new strategy that will focus on new technology and the economy because we want to develop Colombo as one big megapolis

 

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