Former State Minister of Environment Ajith Mannapperuma, along with former MPs S.M. Marikkar and Hirunika Premachandra, said today the true reason for the washing away of the Mount Lavinia beach was the use of a faulty method to fill up the coast.
They said funds to develop several beaches were allocated during the tenure of the former regime and that the previous government did not intend to rush the project but expected to do it in an eco-friendly manner.
“It was true that the project was initiated by former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka. Funds were allocated to develop beaches in Ratmalana, Mount Lavinia and Kalutara. Our project included all these beaches. However, the present government rushed the project with Cabinet approval and went ahead with it at a time when the sea was rough. You don’t fill up the sea when it is rough. Engineers recommend the ‘sand engine’ method to fill up the coast. It would not have washed away if this method was used,” Mr. Mannapperuma said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Marikkar said it was not fair to pass the buck to the previous regime when it had become a failure. “The country lost at least Rs.800 million because the incumbent government rushed the project. The work on filling up the Mount Lavinia beach was done hurriedly when the country was on lockdown with COVID-19,” he said.
However, Ms. Premachandra said the project had been implemented violating both civil and environmental laws. “The civil law is violated as filling up was down during curfew. Environment laws have been violated by carrying it out without an environment assessment certificate,” she said.(Yohan Perera)
Absolutely Ridiculous to do something like this against the MOTHER nature!!! The Colossal amount of wasted MONEY should've spent on increasing Salaries of Gov't Doctors, Teachers, Nurses and the Police Department !!! Yeah!! They're awfully UNDER-Paid !!! Remember, when you increase the pay of them, in turn they spend that money and that's good for the economy!! Unlike, here the money spent on eroded on a coastline and falls into sea !! Huh!!
Roshan samarathunga Tuesday, 02 June 2020 12:02 AM
It’s no point blame anyone we need to study the geography. Act accordingly. That’s the way forward
Mani Tuesday, 02 June 2020 07:05 AM
These stupid politicians blame other for acts they THEMSELVES did. they try to fool general public.
Let the experts handle the matter. No need to worry about refilling eroded beach. Nature adjust by itself.
Ronald Tuesday, 02 June 2020 07:11 AM
This beach will set up automatically. Be patient until then
Thiththaya Tuesday, 02 June 2020 07:21 AM
Not possible! The sharks must have collected the loot!!
Jana Tuesday, 02 June 2020 07:28 AM
Great. At last experts are back in business
Buddhist Tuesday, 02 June 2020 07:38 AM
Did the 10% also got washed away?
Bhatiya Siriwardena Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:04 AM
Its a complete waste of money. But you could have raised Voice at that time too
Joshua Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:27 AM
This is the beginning of waste and corruption under this regime. Keep voting them in and suffer. People of this country never learn. Good luck to the country at the do called next general election in pandemic.
gamini Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:45 AM
Jude- increasing salaries does not bring any commission
CITIZEN Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:52 AM
HOPE THIS GOVT WILL LEARN FROM THIS FAULT
Dolly Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:54 AM
What do these Hiruka and Co. know about the environmental protection. Did she consult Ranjan too.
Neville Gunasekara Tuesday, 02 June 2020 09:08 AM
Anyway, a nice hair-cut.
Ranjith Tuesday, 02 June 2020 01:23 PM
Destroying the nature and environment by criminals these idiots will be punished by the nature itself
Gamaya Tuesday, 02 June 2020 02:48 PM
Vultures set in on the prey.
Aussieboy Tuesday, 02 June 2020 03:23 PM
None of these politicians are from mt lavinia- there is a pithy Aussie saying for this - “galkissen nemei nam gal assata palayan!”
Poota Sirisena Tuesday, 02 June 2020 04:21 PM
Kalu Jeevan Tuesday, 02 June 2020 04:22 PM
This way too they made easy money (both Governments)
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