Written by Staff Writer
24 Jul, 2018 | 11:26 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st) – The Development Committee meeting of the Kiran Division in Batticaloa was held today (July 24).
Deputy Minister Amir Ali, TNA Parliamentarians S. Viyalandren and S. Yogeswaran and other politicians attended the meeting and views were expressed regarding land in the area being handed over to Chinese Companies.
Speaking at the meeting TNA MP, S. Viyalandren said that he received information on a decision that was reached in 2016 to hand over the land in Kiran Divisional Secretariat to several Chinese Companies. TNA MP S. Yogeswaran elaborated on this and stated that the government has reached an agreement to provide 6250 hectares to Chinese Companies.
While noting that he had the documentation to back up his claims, Yogeshwaran noted that the agreement reached in China provides 2500 hectares of land behind Toppigala to a private businessman. While noting that deal has not received the approval of the development committee, the MP urged the committee not to grant approval for this deal.
TNA MP S. Viyalendran joined the conversation and noted that if the said lands are given to Chinese companies, area residents will have to face numerous problems relating to their cultivations and animal pastures.
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