Wanathamulla residents lodge complaint with Human Rights Commission

Wanathamulla residents lodge complaint with Human Rights Commission

Written by Bella Dalima

13 Dec, 2013 | 11:56 pm

A group of residents from Saranapalahimi Mawatha in Wanathamulla lodged a compliant at the Human Rights Commission on Friday.

The complaint stated that the Urban Development Authority is preparing to remove nearly 600 families from their places of residence and provide them housing at a housing scheme located elsewhere. In their complaint, the residents point out that relocating to another place of residence and living on rent is a risk.

Attorney-at-Law Sunil Watagala said: “the houses in Wanathamulla do not have to be rebuilt. We have the rights and deeds to these houses. For six decades, these residents paid their taxes. They received the land deeds just recently. Now, the Urban Development Authority is proposing that these people be moved into flats and live on rent for 20 to 40 years.”

Female resident of Saranapalahimi Mawatha said; “We are asking to be treated fairly. We were given forms to obtain new houses. We don’t want new houses. We already have houses that are bigger than the houses they are making.”

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