Colombo, May 8 (NIA) – All dansals to be held in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo during the vesak season will need an approval from the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC), Health Department sources, quoted by the Government Information Department said here Monday.
According to the sources, all dansal (alms giving) organizers in the Colombo city need to fill a form and obtain approval from the CMC prior to holding dansala.
After filling the form, the department will conduct a field inspection and approval will be granted to all dansal which have met the required rules and regulations.
The Government Information Department said no dansal will be allowed without meeting the required rules and regulations which have been introduced maintain hygiene of food and persons who serve them. Over 100 dansal organizers have already obtained approval. An estimated 250 dansals are held in Colombo during the Vesk festival, the sources said.
Two teams of Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) including the Food Inspector of the CMC will carry out inspections for a period of one week commencing from May 10. Dansals which ignore rules and regulations will be banned and legal action will be taken against the offenders, the sources added.