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Entrance fee for Dambulla Economic Centre unfair, farmers say

Vehicles arriving at the Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre with vegetables.
Vehicles arriving at the Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre with vegetables.

Farmers who bring their produce to the Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre request the responsible authorities to take action to suspend charging an entrance fee from their vehicles.

The farmers complained that the Management Trust of the Centre has again taken measures to charge an entrance fee despite Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon’s instructions against it.

A comparatively higher entrance fee was charged during the tenure of the previous Good Governance Government.

The Management Trust of the Centre followed Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Tennakoon’s directions to not to charge any entrance fee from the vehicles only for a short period of time. However, despite the Minister’s directions, an entrance fee is being charged once again.

“This is very unfair,” said the farmers.

“A lorry is charged with an entrance fee of Rs. 50 and for a three-wheeler, farmers have to pay Rs. 20 as the entrance fee. Nearly 1,800 vehicles arrive at the Centre everyday.”

When the Daily News inquired from the Manager of the Economic Centre Christy Wijerathne, he said this is a decision made by the Management Trust.

Charging entrance fees has been entrusted to a private company in Colombo by the Management Trust following a tender procedure.