Written by Staff Writer
20 Aug, 2014 | 8:02 am
A proposal forwarded by the JVP to create a proper mechanism under the existing laws to remove houses of low income earning families was defeated in the Western Provincial Council on Tuesday.
Following views were expressed at the council.
Western Provincial Councillor of JVP, Attorney-at-Law Sunil Watagala:
“In general, their dwellings are illegal: however their votes are valid. They are removing the dwellings of people who lived in locations for nearly 50 to 60 years. They have acted in the 34th watte, 188th watte in Wanathamulla as well as in Cotta road, Bakery watte and Kalutara in contravention to the UDA Act’s 28th clause part 1a. they need to provide proper notice as well as file a case in the magistrate court before clearing their houses. Honourable chairman we cannot accept their argument that this is being done in a legal manner.”
Western Provincial Councillor of UPFA , Att.-at-Law Susara Dinal;
“Those who came from the village to the Colombo city to engage in business or to buy good for their businesses did not have a good atmosphere in the past. We will correct this and remove these illegal establishments. We will create a more meaningful system for everyone. The activities that have taken place were all aimed at creating a better environment for everyone to carry out their businesses. The government is doing this disregarding about 1000 or 2000 votes that we might loose. However some political parties who are canvasing for 10 to 15 votes are attempting to take advantage of this situation politically”
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