Colombo Metropolitan Corporation or Colombo Municipal Council, CMC
Posted on April 4th, 2011

Herold Leelawardena

Leave out the names and acronyms; the government’s move to put an end to the Colombo Municipal Council is a good move. Just look at the comic opera that took place at its last election.

Due to some of their own blunders, the UNP was barred by election commissioner from contesting elections in 2006. So, the barred or rejected Mayoral candidate Sirisena Cooray sought to propel himself to power by proxy. With that as the sole aim, Cooray and the UNP hierarchy hastily chose an independent group with no political standing as their proxy.

The UNP told the affluent Colombo WOGS as well as the boorish slum dwellers to vote for that independent group. And all that rich Shylocks and the poor roughshods voted that independent group over the ruling party candidate Wasudeva Nanayakkara who is well known to have a mission to do good for the common man.

The unknown independent group won. And, UNP hierarchy got the leader of that independent group to nominate an unlettered three-wheeler driver named Uvais Mohamed Imthiyaz as the mayor of our capital city, Colombo.  UNPers thought illiterate Mohamed will be there only temporarily until they carry out their sting operation to put their man Sirisena Cooray at the helm.

Soon Mohamed Said Allah wished him to continue as the Mayor. And none could go against Allah. So, Mohamed had to go back on his agreement with the UNP. And the UNP bigwigs couldn’t do anything against Mohamed either. Leave out Allah, his worship Mohamed had learned few tricks and a bit of jugglery during the two and half years of his rule. But for residents of Colombo and its visitors things had gone from bad to worse.

The UNP had been ruling the Colombo Municipal Council for years. Deep rooted lethargy and corruption has been the hall mark of the CMC. Unauthorized structures were abound. Building plans that violate municipal by-laws were everywhere.  Pavement hawkers that obstruct pedestrian walkways were all over. Squalid kitchens and unhygienic eateries were all over the place.

Traffic congestion, proliferation of slums, unclean roads, ugly bill boards and etc has been an eye sores for its residents as well as its visitors. Frequent floods and blocked drains and stinking garbage heaps have become health hazards to those who pass by. With unlettered Mohamed becoming the Mayor, all kind of ineptitude started to multiply in the CMC in abundance. Dissolving the CMC and appointing a former mayor as the special commissioner only did a patch up job.

Most of the government officers, practically all good schools, the national hospital, the harbor, almost all prominent businesses and etc, etc are located in Colombo. Sri Lankan citizenry are not given a choice; whether they like it or not, they were compelled to spend at least some of their time in Colombo.

In such circumstances, Colombo is every Sri Lankan’s city not just of its residents. We cannot leave few selfish mansion dwellers and unfortunate slum occupants of Colombo to choose the fate of the capital city of Sri Lanka. The government is duty bound to clean up and beautify Colombo. It should have been a part of Mahinda Chintanaya. And to fulfill that endeavor, there is no better person than Gotabhaya Rajapakse.

One Response to “Colombo Metropolitan Corporation or Colombo Municipal Council, CMC”

  1. Gothaya Says:

    Just do not forget Colombo is not only a commercialize city. There are some resident too and most of the resident hail from great grandma’s era.

    Now GOSL planning to acquire plenty of residents lands in colombo for road expansion and port expansion project, JUST think twice… Giving better life for public will be the main task for any government So getting their land under GOV will give them a better life? Freedom to live? Where these people will relocate?

    As I heard they are going to get paid % of the current land values but how come GOV do such a thing, they have been used to this city life.

    Recently I heard Colombo – Piliyanda road expansion and got to know those people who live near by Road side have to give at least 2 Perch to Road expansion. Do we really Need Such big road? Why not find proper traffic control system? Why don’t GOV find bottle neck of roads?

    Just stop taking useless decisions work for public just not for Rich classy idiots. When you built a house with great effort and when GV ask to destroy it what will be your Feeling?? I am talking about Legally own lands. What is this Land Acquisition Act?

    I hope if these kind of things happen in Colombo No sooner Freedom fighters will heads up in this country So please serve public in a well manner.

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