The pavement that was blocked due to roadside vendors is today free for the pedestrians.
The Government implemented the urban development plans for the beautification of the city. Today this aim has been achieved. The pavements in Colombo are normally filled with pavement hawkers. This created problems for vendors as well as pedestrians. A new township planning was launched on a concept of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa under the guidance of the President to overcome these difficulties. Accordingly trade centres have been setup in popular areas. Today these centres have provided convenience for consumers as well as traders. Today the pedestrians have the opportunity to walk freely on the pavement. But still there are occasions when the road laws are being violated.