This letter is written with the hope that traffic DIG, the IGP as
well as other authorities will take notice. The new traffic arrangements
that have been put in place on some roads of Colombo City are going to
get people killed.
The one way flow of traffic on Thurstan Road (Munidasa Kumaratunga
Mw.) has now led to motorists driving at break neck speed on all sides
of the road. The traffic police have done this without thinking about
the deadly results for those who work in offices and children and
teachers of the University of Colombo and Thurstan College among others.
We who have to cross the Thurstan Road on a daily basis are scared to
cross the road as killer motorists and maniac bus drivers do not stop at
the crossings to allow pedestrians to cross.
The set of traffic lights opposite the Indian High Commissioner's
house have to be operated by the pedestrians who wish to cross the road
but the lights cannot be operated by those who come from the side of the
Colombo University. Even when some one from the other side of the road
gets the lights to work, the motorists who know that this is operated by
pedestrians do not stop most of the time.
Unless something is done to ensure the safety of those who have to
cross the road very soon, most likely either a school child, a teacher
or an undergraduate will get killed.
We have informed the traffic police officers on duty at times on this
road about this but there is no positive result. If a serious accident
happens on this road the traffic police are responsible for that.
Already two accidents involving vehicles have taken place there in
the first week of December. One person nearly died while trying to avoid
a car while on the pedestrian crossing opposite Thurstan College. Take
action before another accident happens.
It appears that the access road to the British Council at Kollupitiya,
namely, Alfred House Gardens has been taken over forcibly and illegally
by the business houses and private houses abutting the road.
Thousands of people flock to the British Council daily but no vehicle
can go upto the entrance of this institution as concrete blocks and iron
railings have been fixed on the road.
I wonder what the Traffic Dept. of Colombo Municipal Council is
While commending your editorial on productivity (Reference DN Dec.
22), I would like to stress that 'functional literacy' is one of the
main requirements for achieving high productivity. This should receive
greater attention in schools and universities.
SAM PILLAI, via email
A poor man or as a matter of fact an ordinary citizen in Sri Lanka
has no telephone, faximile or e-mail facilities.
The only mode of exchanging of messages or information is by posting
a letter or a post-card. The most appalling and horrible thing in the
postal department is its inefficiency, including the delivery of
Earlier there was an unwritten law in the postal department which
said 'Letter posted - presumed delivered'. Today it is just the
opposite, which could be said 'Letter posted - presumed gone astray'.
Who is responsible for this grave lapse? Whose fault is this?
In the good old days, there were the Travelling Post Offices in the
long distance trains. This TPO consisted of a Chief Postmaster, his
assistants, sorters and all other paraphernalia and they activated work
whilst the trains were on the move.
Also the Postal Department then consisted of one Postmaster-General
and his deputy. Now there are umpteen number of Assistant
On August 25 I obtained a money order bearing No. M-21043690 for Rs.
2,000 from Kollupitiya Post Office to Godahena Sub-Post Office. The
advice of this money order sent by Kollupitiya office had never been
received. Later the Postmaster Kollupitiya who was informed of this
sorted it out after much delay.
On Monday October 23, I sent three registered letters from
Kollupitiya Post Office to Mount Lavinia, Panadura and Kalutara.
All these three registered letters had been received by their
addresses on the 30th - after a lapse of one week. I have the
registration receipt for this.
Efficient Postmaster-Generals like Victor A. Nicholas and Herbert
Ehelepola Seneviratna must be turning in their graves in utter disgust
having come to know the present deteriorated standard of the Postal
ANANDA JAYASENA, Boralesgamuwa
On November 27, I went to the NSB Katubedda, and as usual parked my
car opposite it. While transacting business inside the bank I was
alerted by a member of the staff that a Police officer was pasting a
sticker on my windscreen.
When I politely inquired from what offence I had committed I was told
that I had parked my vehicle in a prohibited area. I told him that I was
unaware of this as there was no indication in the vicinity about this
restriction. Before he took my licence and started writing the charge
sheet I explained my position to him but he was so obstinate that he
refused to accept my explanation. There were several other vehicles
parked near this place.
I have already made a complaint to the SSP traffic at Mount Lavinia.
Banks are institutions where the public deal in large sums of money and
isn't it a big risk to carry such amounts to and from vehicles parked
away from the bank's premises.
As a retired bank employee I say that it is time that the bank
managements and the police department take some action to lift this ban
before any incident that will endanger life and property is reported.
To add insult to injury I was charged Rs. 50 at the Moratuwa Post
Office as service charges to pay money to the State at a State
institution. As the Sinhala adage goes, a man fallen from the tree gored
by the bull!
I hope that this letter will catch the eye of the Postal Department
MERRIL T. M. DE SILVA, Moratuwa
A debit tax on withdrawals from Rs. 20,000 and a 10 per cent tax on
interest of over Rs. 1,000 earned from savings accounts per month is
A tax of 10 per cent on interest earned from savings accounts is a
fairly huge amount and I consider this levy as very unfair, especially
by those who are over 60 years and completely depending on bank
interests on EPF/ETF that they have earned having had served the country
two thirds of their lifetime.
These people do not draw pensions, though they have served for such a
long duration. In old age, people need more money to meet with their
expenditure on medicine and for medical attention to continue life until
they die. Also some people have unemployed sick family members for whom
there are no relief such as a dole system available from the Government,
though such systems are available in other countries.
Instead of introducing these type of regulations which exert huge
pressure and grievance on poor old citizens, the authorities should take
measures to stop corruption and waste in Government departments and
ministries which is abundantly happening by those institutions.
I believe that policy makers should take all these factors into
consideration before introducing tax regulations of this nature which
humiliate the downtrodden people, but not the mighty who always creep
through tax regulations.
I hope that the policy makers who have introduced rulings completely
forgetting old and the average citizens should give their consideration
to redress this ruling to relieve the older citizens of this country.
MANJARI PEIRIS, Maharagama
There is no mercy whatsoever from the three-wheelers and pavement
hawkers for a pedestrian to walk on the Ambagamuwa Road which is one of
the Main Streets in the Gampola town.
It's no doubt that all pedestrians whoever walks through this street
in the busy hours will find no way for them to walk through this street
due to the very fact that this street is 'dominated' by the
three-wheelers and vegetable/ fruit sellers.
At every inch and corner we could find a three-wheeler either parked,
trying to park or moving around at snails speed looking for hires. this
causes a great inconvenience to the public trying find ways to walk due
to unavailable space to walk through as there is a risk of getting
knocked down by these three-wheelers and other vehicles on this street.
One could see on one side of the road is these three-wheelers, then
on the other side we see the pavement hawkers (vegetable sellers etc.)
also dominating the street with their products for sale, which in
addition to the vehicles cover up most of the road space thus depriving
the public in using both sides of the road.
And also it's a pity to see the newly built Central Supermarket
idling for more than a year yet no date of opening - the authorities
concern are least bothered to have this Market opened as this to a great
extent will minimize the crowd on the Ambagamuwa Street as most of the
pavement hawkers could be accommodated in this market.
However an immediate solution should be sought about the overcrowded
street with the three-wheelers. In a situation of this nature, how can
the public use this street?
M. A. J. SAMATH, Gampola