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Vehicle service stations and environmental laws

In today’s society vehicles are no longer considered as luxuries, unlike the good old days. On the contrary, vehicles today are an essential ingredient in the life of any person.

Despite various accusations and allegations about the ever-rising or we may term it ‘sky-rocketing’ CoL, there is no visible reduction in the import of vehicles to Sri Lanka. It is very rare that we see cars older than No. 300 or No. 301 in the city roads. About 80 per cent or more are latest cars and English numbered cars.

The country spends a good majority of foreign exchange in the import of cars and other vehicles. It is near impossible to get a used or second-hand car in good condition for less than a million and a half in today’s market.

Since vehicles are a very expensive commodity, it is equally imperative and a necessity indeed to maintain them in good trim always.

Therefore, vehicle washing, detailing and lubricating services are equally essential.

We are told that over two million vehicles are now plying on our roads. The country which has only about 35,000 kilometers of motorable roadways. It need hardly be stressed that the vast majority of our roads are not in the best of shape - either broken at various places, with pot-holes and other obstacles causing damage to the under-carriage and sometimes even the body.

Service Stations at strategic locations, easily accessible and with sufficient space have to be set up all over the country to maintain these vehicles in proper order.

Our Local Authorities have categorised certain areas under their jurisdiction as ‘purely commercial’, ‘purely residential’ and ‘residential cum commercial zones. A service station must necessarily be set up either in purely commercial or residential cum commercial zones very well maintained.

They use two unit electric jacks for hoisting cars for lubrication service and under-carriage washing. Unlike the traditional hoists, these are very clean, makes no noise and easy to operate.

This may probably be the only vehicle service station anywhere in the island which do not use hazardous chemicals, penetrating oils or kerosene.

They use harmless, odourless shampoo and foam spray to wash and service vehicles. They have installed a Water Treatment Plant, where the waste water is re-cycled and re-used. Only the excess water is discharged into the public drain which too is harmless, according to authoritative reports.

This is one service station that is maintained spot-clean, regularly swept and cleaned and all solid wastes collected to their own cans and delivered to the garbage carrier of the Kaduwela Provincial Council.

Its landscape, road-frontal with foliage and flowers grown adds glamour to the area which was hitherto full of shrubs and a breeding place of mosquitoes.

It would be good if the Central Environmental Authority lay specific standards as above for vehicle service stations. Car detailing works too should be specified to use internationally accepted popular products which are harmless to the environment and do not emit any odour.

Three cheers for our Armed Forces

Hearty cheers are due to the officers and other ranks of our Armed services who have been fighting against LTTE terrorists in the North and East to preserve the Unitary State of our country.

They have battled for the sake of the country for the last three decades without proper food, water and medical treatment at times, as we have read in the media.

We bow our heads solemnly, to these gallant men from all the services who have laid down their lives for the sake of their countrymen.

Boost handloom industry

The dark clouds are gathering in the far horizon. It signals an impending disaster. It’s up to the brave and intelligent to take precautions against them without wasting time and making way to worries.

The fuel prices are skyrocketing and with that the prices of goods go up everywhere around the globe. Nobody can escape from the monster. But we can take precautions.

Give a boost to the handloom industry, which was very popular among the rural masses a few decades back. Most of the villagers had their own handlooms at home.

They weave clothes when they were free. But with the introduction of the free trade policy in the latter part of the 1970s, handlooms were looked down upon, despised, condemned and neglected. And let it to die and untimely death, money hungry unscrupulous hands began to import things.

Local industries began to sing their last songs. But today things are quiet different.

People are looking back to find solutions to double edged problems they have been facing. The handloom industry had come to the forefront.

Handloom clothes can be sold at an affordable price to the people because the cost of production is low.

The State should give a helping hand to give a new life to this life-saving industry.

Have weaving centres in each and every village like in the past, and encourage people to go for handloom materials.

Take the father of India, Gandhi as a role model. He move his own clothes, and set and example to the nation. Start from the top go for handloom clothes, at least for official ceremonies and occasions.

Give the schoolchildren handloom materials and make the industry a success. Lip service cannot solve any problem.

Long live the handloom industry and give a hand to grassroots level suffering masses. ‘Rome is not built in a day”.

‘Phoney’ claim?

In the investor bulletin of December 2007 the Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom has stated that the book ‘SLT and 150 years in Telecom’ was launched to celebrate the achievements of 150 years of telecommunication in Sri Lanka.

This claim is rather improbable considering the fact that the telephone was not invented until 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell obtained his patent. Will any reader clarify in which year the telephone came into use in Sri Lanka?

Exorbitant parking fees at Nugegoda Market

After a lapse of few months, I parked my car at the Nugegoda market to buy a few items. I completed buying my requirements and as usual when the parking attendant came over I gave him Rs 10. It was a man and not the usual girl in a green dress. He told me, it is Rs 20 now and not ten.

As I was surprised at the 100 per cent increase in parking fees, I questioned the parking attendant and he told me that the car park is now given to a private company to manage.

You come to the market to buy your daily food stuff, what else? It is not a place for recreation? This is a thoughtless manure to bring further burden on the household food costs.

What about our private sector super-markets, they do not charge a parking fee for your household marketing.

Doesn’t the Council receive a rent from all stall-holders in the market, to maintain the building?

This looks a way for someone in the relevant Council to get a commission or an outright payment by giving this to a private company to handle. The poor girl attendants, seems to have done away with, and their livelihood shattered. Besides how come you increase the fee by 100 per cent?

Trust the Minister under whom this local authority market is functioning will take appropriate action and help the consumers even in a small way.


Gamin Gamata - Presidential Community & Welfare Service
Ceylinco Banyan Villas

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