Kandy Traffic Congestion Will Ease Soon Says Mayor Ratwatte
Several new road developments in the Kandy city that the RDA and KMC have undertaken will soon ease the traffic congestion in the city, says the Kandy mayor Mahindra Ratwatte.
In an exclusive interview with The Kandy News, the mayor noted that the widening of Gopallawa Mawatha into a four-lane road would soon be completed.
The shops that line the space between the Kandy-Matale railway track and the main road between the clock tower and the railway station will also be relocated soon to a new building on an adjacent block of land. The road will be widened for vehicular traffic and pedestrian traffic will be diverted to a walkway that will be located to the right of the railway track from the clock tower end.
These changes were among those that were recommended in a Traffic Study that a panel of experts prepared in 2009 with
KMC unanimously condemns Foreign Ministry for ignoring the Mayor and Council in Prince Charles' visit
The opposition Leader of the KMC and former Diyawadana Nilame Neranjan Wijeyeratne as well as several other senior members of the Council from both sides of the isle have been very critical of the manner in which the Foreign Ministry in Colombo handled the visit of Prince Charles to Kandy last month. The ministry ignored the council and failed to officially inform the mayor of the visit of the Prince let alone solicit its assistance to organize the event. The bipartisan view of all those who spoke on the subject at the last meeting of the Council was that the Council, as the governing body of the city, has every right to be treated with the courtesy and respect it deserves irrespective of party politics. Ironically the KMC for the first times in its sixty-four year history has a mayor affiliated to the SLFP/UPFA.
KMC sources confirmed to The Kandy News that notwithstanding the neglect of the Foreign Ministry, KMC did not wish to embarrass the President and the Government. Therefore it made all the required preparation to receive the Prince.
Sources say that the mayor was reluctant to make even an appearance at the welcome ceremony for the Prince because the Foreign Ministry had obviously considered that the mayor was of no consequence. However, Governor of the Central Province