Problems concerning the pavements and roads in Kandy are worsening day by day and the World Heritage City of Kandy will soon be known as a city gone astray if solutions to the human and traffic problems are not found, warned the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Central) Nimal Mediwake, at the presentation of Traffic Stop Signal Sign Boards to School Traffic Wardens.
The signal sign boards to were gifted by the Lions Club whose incumbent President is Professor Luxman Wijayaweera, Dean, Faculty of Dental Science, University of Peradeniya and Director Distance and Continuing Education Centre, University of Peradeniya.
The presentation was held at Kandy Police headquarters.
DIG Nimal Mediwake highlighting the importance of students sharing the duties of the police in controlling traffic said that Kandy needed more of such volunteer students as the traffic problem in Kandy was worsening day by day. He said that in the present context of unsatisfactory management of the traffic, lives of pedastrians are in danger. The number of motor vehicles and pedastrians are on the increase. The city is becoming more crowded. About nine years ago, in 1998, a survey disclosed that 148,000 motor vehicles entered the city of Kandy within 24 hours. This number has now increased tremendously. In the meantime more and more people are entering the city apart from the increasing number of school children and the vehicles transporting the school children.
Concerned persons and organisations, in order to meet the challenge, came out with numerous proposals and plans. There were proposals for ring roads, fly overs and many others. Feasibility reports were presented and studied. But none of them could be implemented. Later, a car park was built to solve the parking problem on the streets of Kandy. The car park is now empty while the streets are crowded with motor vehicles. And still later a one-way traffic scheme was introduced for Peradeniya Road and William Gopallawa Mawatha which worked well for some time and now that too has been abandoned. The pavements are congested with vendors while the roads are crowded with people and motor vehicles.
At this rate, no doubt the city of Kandy the World Heritage City will become a city gone astray.
Someone should take a genuine interest to find a solution to maintain order and discipline in the city of Kandy, DIG, Mediwake said.
Professor Luxman Wijayaweera said that the signal sign boards were gifted to the schools for the use of student traffic wardens purely as a community service.
The Lions are genuinely interested in the safety of human lives, Prof. Wijayaweera said.
Signal sign boards were presented to over a dozen schools in Kandy.
Jayampathy Silva of the Lions Club of Katugastota, ASP Sisira Weerakoon, HQI CI Nipuma Dehigama, CI Vijitha Alwis, Traffic OIC. IP Dharmapala and Director, Central Provincial Passenger Transport Authority Ms. Lakshmi Ratnayake were present on the occasion.