Over 14,000 acres of army-occupied Jaffna land “returned to owners”

Over 14,000 acres of army-occupied Jaffna land “returned to owners”

Over 14,000 acres of army-occupied Jaffna land “returned to owners”

Written by Bella Dalima

05 Jun, 2014 | 9:06 pm

Army Media Spokesperson Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya says that over 14,000 acres land that the army has occupied in Jaffna over the past five years have been returned to their owners.

Speaking to reporters at the Media Centre of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, the Brigadier pointed out that takeover and return of lands take place according to the government’s requirements.

He emphasised that lands are re-claimed in accordance with the Lands Reclamations Act.

Army Spokesperson, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya expressed these views:

“There is a base in Achchuveli. This base was in operation since 1995 and was not established recently. We have requested for lands to continue operations in the base. A portion of lands is owned by the state while remainder is owned by nine different families. However, not all of them are displaced persons. They are living in different areas. There are provisions in the Land Reclamations Act of 1950 to take over lands as per the requirements of the state.”

The government reclaims land via the Ministry of Lands. Lands are reclaimed for the state administrative needs. The Army base in Achchuveli is located there for administrative purposes. Another groups speaks of Tikkam. The state has taken over that area. The reason was because this was an enemy base. However, if there is an owner to this land, we are prepared to provide compensation. Some speak of the Nunavil base. We have identified that it is no longer necessary and we will take steps to remove it ..”

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