Locals raise raise concerns that Wellampitiya marshy land is being filled

Locals raise raise concerns that Wellampitiya marshy land is being filled

Locals raise raise concerns that Wellampitiya marshy land is being filled

Written by Tharushan Fernando

17 Jul, 2015 | 8:24 pm

Locals have once again raised allegations that a marshy land in Wellampitiya is being filled with earth.

Public opposition led to the temporary stop of this act on a previous occasion.

This farmland is located in Ambagahahandiya in Wellampitiya where several attempts that were made to fill the lands with earth.

The Wellampitiya Police had recorded statements from two persons following a complaint lodged with the Wellampitiya police on June 6, where the police announced that the backhoe loader used for this purpose was taken into the custody.

However, when inquired, the police said that during interrogation the owner of the land had agreed to stop filling the land until approval was obtained and the backhoe loader was released thereafter.

The Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation says that the individual the police identified as the owner of the lands was not the real owner and that it has not issued permission to the land owner to fill the land.

A local of the area noted that all respective authorities have been informed, however, that they have failed to take any action but that they need to rectify this issue because water does not recede there. The local said they are now are attempting to fill this land and noted that if this happens, 300 to 400 persons living there will be affected by the rain and 300 to 400 houses will get submerged when this fills up and all the drains get stuck.

Provincial Councilor Susil Kindelpitiya intervened in this matter on a previous occasion and once again arrived at the location on July 17.

The leader of the People’s National United Front For Good Governance added that the police nor the relevant offices operating with regard to land reclamation and government offices failed to halt this and therefore it is evident that a higher force is involved in this. He further noted that he knows this matter has a political affiliation and that he knows who is involved in this matter from the UNP. He also said he knows who is involved from the UPFA, and due to this the police does not want to intervene.

The Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation said that steps will be taken by Monday after discussions with the respective factions.

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