Emerging Industries

Regulate Three Wheelers in Urban Areas

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There is a lack of discipline in drivers, mostly of three-wheel and motorcycle drivers, who contribute to traffic accidents and road congestions. Therefore, actions must be taken to regulate three-wheelers as a form of public transport, introduce better taxi systems, regulate the current three-wheeled taxi systems, and impose stricter laws.

~ G M Sunith  Kumara

Management of Food Related Chemicals and Fertiliser Usage

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We are facing a very unfortunate situation due to excessive use of fertilisers and many other food-related chemicals such as chemicals used to ripen fruits. Although best tropical fruits grow in this country, most of these fruits available for our purchase are mostly artificially ripened through the use of excessive amounts of chemicals. Most of the vegetables and rice are also full of chemicals. Majority of us cannot afford only organic food.

A massive number of people are already suffering from kidney problems due to direct and indirect exposure to fertilisers. I have seen how not only the patients but their families suffer both psychologically and economically from all areas of this country when I used to take my father for dialysis for nearly 5 years.

While it’s important to build medical facilities for these affected people, I believe a proper program is required to address the root of this issue. Please look into this as a matter of importance. Please don’t let multi-billion-dollar fertiliser companies make our nation sick.

~ Dinesha Costa

Implementing a Circular Bus Service in the Kandy City

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Kandy City is facing an issue of traffic jam and the air pollution which are critical issues faced by the citizens. This is mainly due to the high number of vehicles entering the city. The transportation facilities which are unable to meet the required standards makes people use their own vehicles even for short-distance commutes, which increases this congestion.

If a circular bus service can be implemented in the city, this will decrease the number of vehicles entering the city. The vehicle parking facility fulfilled through the municipal council car park was not enough to meet the demand which finally made citizens get permission to park their vehicles in the wide streets which occupied a considerable space of the city streets. The implementation of circular bus service will definitely be a pretty good solution for the town area.

The main two roads which enable people to enter the city from the Peradeniya side are Sirimavo Bandaranayake Mawatha and William Gopallawa Mawatha which are running parallel to each other and having high traffic conditions. The former Governor of the Central Province Mr Maithree Gunarathne took steps to make the roads one-way roads for like two weeks which was a failure and was later renounced. The circular bus service will be a solution for the traffic conditions on these roads too.

~ Madhurya Kirindigoda

Rectifications on Policy for Medications, Substitutes and Distribution

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Many regular brands of OTC medications and particularly children’s prescribed medications are unavailable in stock for the past year.

Especially disturbing is the fact that private pharmacies suggest different brand names for a prescribed medication due to unavailability in-stock.

However, many children (and adults) may react negatively or allergic to a given substitute/brand change.

It is suggested to make suitable changes in the process and regulations to avoid sudden fluctuations of drug prices and changes in imports of drugs as these are fast becoming a necessary commodity with the changes in lifestyle and environment.

~ S Kasthurirathne

Network Development – Better Internet Facilities

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The internet has now become a vital part of human life. Furthermore, our generation has numerous learning and entrepreneurial opportunities via the internet. However, currently, there are no good network packages that offer good speed internet facilities. We do not need free Wi-Fi, but better unlimited network packages for a reasonable price like in developed countries.

~ Janith Lakshan & Chamodi Abisheka

Flexibility for Vehicle modifications

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The vehicle industry in Sri Lanka is virtually unknown and relies completely on imports. However, it is a very dynamic field with many talented youths waiting for an opportunity to put their skills into practice.

With the new technology available, this is a growing area around the world and fewer restrictions would allow the growth of new talent and inventions within the country. The present restrictions are derived from an ancient gazette and this has been a very questionable issue for all vehicle modifiers/renovators who are interested in generating transformation in this field.

Therefore, it is suggested to allow safe and suitable modification and enhancement of vehicles.
This would open up new avenues of business and entrepreneurship and minimize import costs and expenditure, while also contributing as an eco-conscious venture towards the country’s future. Old or even condemned vehicle parts could be utilized to use the parts more effectively and create low-cost new requirements.

Limitations should only affect modification or extreme enhancements to vehicle horns and noise pollution and fit-on of devices that enhance the speed of the vehicle unnecessarily.

~ S Kasthurirathne

Government Policy on Physical Development

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Sri Lanka needs a policy on ‘Physical Development’ for the country. We have seen that during the previous government, there was a ‘facelift’ in Colombo and its suburbs. While appreciating it, I would like to see that happens all over the island with a ‘theme’ or a ‘concept’. For an example, the Singaporean concept of, City in a Garden; Singapore has a land-use plan developed with the help of UN Experts during the early 1970 s’ and it is followed and improved upon from time to time.

We need to identify activity zones which UDA has done to a certain extent. However, it has not covered the island and it is not followed strictly. For an example, all government institutes in the Western Province should be relocated to Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte, but it has not happened.

Just having a concept is not sufficient; law enforcement, providing land areas, and supportive infrastructure are needed. Professional bodies, universities, university students, experts in the industry should work together to make this possible. We also need strict regulations on construction and standards, and a institute to regulate it.

We should also have a land policy; rather than having few storied buildings alone, (even for residential buildings) we could go for high-rise combined with other infrastructure linked with those.

~ Madhangi Alwis


Resource Management for Fisheries and Tea Industries

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Fisheries Industry:
A comprehensive, extensive and accelerated program should be launched to develop marine sector, mainly giving emphasis to fisheries and boat building industries aiming at both local and export markets. The traditional fishing methods are required  to be replaced rapidly with new fishing methods.

Tea Industry:
Tea is mainly exported as bulks now. This should be changed and tea should exported as a value added product. For example, packing into sachets or small packs. This needs factory changes as already mentioned. This will also help eliminate tea adulteration problem.

~ Samarajeewa


Safer Roads

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More people die on roads than during war, and probably more people get permanently disabled from road accidents.

There seem to be various factors that result in valuable young human lives being lost on roads, and therefore we need to implement measures to make roads safer for all.

1. The starting point is driver, rider education.
People wear helmets to evade police!
People wear seat belts to evade police!
We need to invest a lot on the driver, rider education to educate them on safety measures. Other countries have TV commercials on such education. Further, although there were a number of expressways opened, I have not seen a comprehensive driver education on how to use them. Why we need to keep a safe distance, why you need to use turn signals when changing lanes etc.

2. The other most important factor is to improve driver, rider moral values.
At the end of the day, we all want to arrive at the destination safely. If you give way, you will be given way. It doesn’t have to be a battle in the roads, honking at even the slightest mistakes. Other countries usually have good gestures to thank helping fellow road users. The attitude of helping others goes a long way than we think. This needs to be implemented through Learners and also public awareness programs. Probably this should be the #1 measure because a lot of things fall in the correct place if we fix this.

3. Driving schools (Learners) should be properly managed, reviewed and evaluated yearly. They should enforce a very strict syllabus which includes moral value educations also. All road accidents should be tracked back to the driving schools, and statistically analyzed to improve/ban failing driving schools.

3. Make roads safer.
We need to have a proper road maintenance unit, which should patrol heavily used roads to check on safety. For example, there are visibility issues at certain road sections and there are accidents daily and nobody does anything. This unit should have a mechanism to lodge complaints and suggestions.

4. Stop importing unsafe vehicles.
There should be a strict standard that does not change from government to government to stop the import of unsafe vehicles. (Probably the most unsafe are the three-wheels, but that is a bigger rooted problem because it is not actually a vehicle, it is a “job” in Sri Lanka. This can only be prevented by improving public transport and the job market for young simultaneously).

5. Make existing vehicles safer.
Almost all tractors have no tail lights, the tippers, and big lorries which stop roadside do not have parking lights, etc. Police should be given enough training to stop and fine these.

6. Greener roads.
I’ve seen that even in countries heavily commercialized like Singapore has a surprisingly large number of trees planted alongside roads. This helps a lot to the nature and helps to reduce driver stress etc.

May all people arrive at their destination safely and comfortably!

~ Gayan Dasanayake


Facilitate Start-Up Businesses

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Knowledgeable individuals graduate from universities each year, but they don’t have suitable careers to use their knowledge. Some graduates dream to start a new business, but they don’t have enough money and faculties.

If the government can take action for this kind of graduates by facilitating their research, they will be able to develop new technologies.

~ Lakshan Madhuranga