Anura Kumara on land acquisition and Wanathamulla

Anura Kumara on land acquisition and Wanathamulla

Written by Staff Writer

18 Feb, 2014 | 9:44 pm

Leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake raised a question in Parliament on Tuesday regarding the take over of land in Wanathamulla

Speaking in Parliament,  Anura Kumara Dissanayake said: “Land of the general public can only be taken over in accordance with the Land Acquisition Act.”

“However, present day acquisitions do not take place in accordance with the act. When evictions are taking place in the Colombo Municipal Council limits, there is no procedure of providing compensation.”

“At present, the biggest land acquisition plan is taking place in the Wanathamulla area in Borella. According to the Information that we have received , around 72 acres of land will be acquired.”

“The operations of the Urban Development Authority do not take place according to the act. When the people object to this, respective institutions send letters citing that they are illegal dwellers.”

He also added: “It is evident through these letters that these lands are not been taken over for purposes of the Urban Development Authority on mere basis of illegal settlements.”

If so, it is the Colombo Municipal Council that needs to act first. In addition,  a sum of 100,000 rupees needs to be provided as compensation in two separate installments to those who are being removed.

Moreover,  they are supposed to be given 3960 rupees per month for a period of 20 years. When lands are being taken over, why isn’t the land acquisition act not being implemented? Why are these lands being acquired?

Have the perpetrators connected to the recent kidnapping in Wanathamulla  been identified following an investigation? “

In reply to this Prime Minister, D.M. Jayaratne said: “Lands and houses with less facilities are being taken over in order to provide them with houses with proper facilities.”

Property with higher commercial values will be utilised for the purposes of the Urban Development Authority. With regards to this incident, an investigation is being carried out under the supervision of ASP of the Colombo Crimes Division together with the Crimes Unit of the Dematagoda Police.

The perpetrators involved in the abductions have not been identified as yet. The IGP has informed me that investigations are continuing.”

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