I can see new happenings down Galle Road, near the Elasto signboard in Bambalapitiya. There are more one way happenings taking place down Galle Road, and the Vajira Road area too is subject to changes that are made by the authorities without any consultation with the common man.
Obviously those who make these plans for changes on the traffic movement that has been in existence for over 50 decades are not people who travel by bus. Has anyone thought about how far the common man and woman have to walk to get to a bus once they make the Galle Road a one way street.
Similarly allowing access to traffic down to Pamankade only through Strafford Avenue, Kirullapone has resulted in a huge congestion that begins in the morning and in the evening. The collection of traffic begins at the Vilasitha Niwasa at the end of Havelock Road.
Who is behind all this foolish planning? Has anyone thought about the walk that the tired man on the street has to make to get to his home or workplace morning and evening. These people who make plans obviously take their walk with branded walking shoes. This is not so for the common man who has to carry home the provisions to cook the dinner for his family.
Why can’t the public speak up and stop all these changes in the name of development. Old is gold, they say, and these new happenings are only making the common man more miserable.
I protest vehemently at this one-way foolishness. We have the right to go down in street and it is upto our traffic police to find a way to solve the traffic problems without making things worse for the man on the street.