Home / News/ Land acquired for Mirijjawila-Sooriyawewa road put under P’ment microscope

Land acquired for Mirijjawila-Sooriyawewa road put under P’ment microscope


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Friday, 8 December 2017 00:08


By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent

Land acquired in 2009 to make room for a six-lane road between Mirijjawila and Sooriyawewa was brought up for discussion in Parliament yesterday. 

The Government revealed the progress of its efforts to properly value the acquired lands at Rs. 1.992 billion for compensation purposes, highlighting that the unlawful acquisitions took place during the tenure of the Rajapaksa administration.

Minister of Higher Education and Highways and Leader of the House of Parliament Lakshman Kiriella, updating the House on the progress of the compensation process, said: “These lands were taken by force by the previous Government using military power and without a proper valuation done for compensation. Till 2015 they failed to compensate the landowners. We have done the necessary valuations.”

According to the Minister, some compensation was settled, making use of the annual allocations made to the Ministry for the use of land acquisitions. 

“We have settled Rs. 370.2 million for 281 plots of land under these valuations. Vouchers worth Rs. 101.1 million were presented to the Road Development Ministry to compensate 128 land plots. We will make payments as soon as the necessary funds are received,” he added. 


Rs. 640 m spent on rural road development

The Government spent Rs. 630 million during the last three years developing rural roads in plantations in the Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Badulla districts where the public transport system was functioning.

Even though rural roads do not fall within the purview of the Ministry of Higher Education and Highways, the provincial councils of the respective areas have taken care of the development of these rural roads. According to the Ministry of Highways, the identified roads were developed as part of an integrated road development project. 

In 2016 and 2017 a total of Rs. 558.16 million had been used for the Kandy District. In 2015 and 2017 a total of Rs. 66.53 million had been spent on plantation roads in the Nuwara Eliya District, while Rs. 518 million was spent in the Badulla District this year. (AH)

 

 


Share This Article


COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

Many roads open

Saturday, 20 January 2018

We have just commenced Yahapalana Year 4. The third anniversary of Yahapalanaya is also the third anniversary of the defeat of the Rajapaksa regime. Both anniversaries coincide happily with the imminence of an island-wide election, the first since 20


Kasur child rape stems from subjugation of women in general

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Since the first week of the New Year, Pakistan has been in turmoil over the abduction, rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl, Zainab, in Kasur, a small town not far from Lahore in the Punjab province.


Demagoguery, deception and decrepitude inherent in most contemporary democracies

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Democracy is well and good as long its erstwhile proponents and players remain committed to high attendant ideals, pursuing with some degree of intelligence and sanity (fast eroding with the ascent of Donald J. Trump). Surely one must be faithful and


Problem is not us women and booze: It’s paternalism and capriciousness in policymaking

Friday, 19 January 2018

The other day the President of Sri Lanka went public expressing his intention to revoke a ministerial order revoking the notion that a woman of any age has no more maturity than a youth less than eighteen years old.


Columnists More