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The service of officials like former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is felt all the more at this time when the city has been hit by flash floods causing many hindrance to the people, Pivthuru Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary MP Udaya Gammanpila today said.

Addressing a news conference, he said the Gotabaya Rajapaksa era was the golden era of urban development without argument. “This is a fact everyone accepts in unison,” he said.

He said Mr. Rajapaksa put an end to the practices of sticking posters on walls, putting banners on lamp posts and dumping garbage on roadsides and to canals.

“He also removed hawkers from pavements and stopped reclamation of lowlands. But today, garbage dumps are everywhere. Canals are blocked by garbage resulting in flash floods. No proper garbage disposal management is available today,” Mr. Gammanpila said.

He said there are skilful officials in the Urban Development Authority (UDA) who are capable of keeping the city alive, but they have been isolated after labelling as ‘Gota’s people’.

“For the first time in six years, the road to Parliament had been flooded. We request Megapolis and Western Development Minister to look into these issues and to give back ‘Beautiful Colombo’ to the people instead of going for bigger plans,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • janaka Tuesday, 17 May 2016 04:59 PM

    Little Gota nearly ten years in office and did not fix the drains?

    Bingo Tuesday, 17 May 2016 09:55 AM

    Not a fan of Rajapassas, but have to admit that Gotabaya did a good job keeping Colombo looks clean and use Army guys wisely. I wish he could able to get rid of TATA, Layland yuk yuk craps and replace with Micro products which will help get rid of 3rd world look from Colombo. and for under this yamapalanaya Colombo is getting dirtier than Indian, bagaladeshi cities.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Tuesday, 17 May 2016 10:05 AM

    Gamma, why not you get into the field, fold your sarong and clean the drains?

    Kulasiri -Dubai Tuesday, 17 May 2016 10:23 AM

    Is it possible to avoid flooding by Gota like politically appointed officials?

    Sincere Tuesday, 17 May 2016 11:40 AM

    Who else will get on to your stage to talk on behalf of you?

    jolly bird Tuesday, 17 May 2016 12:56 PM

    BRAIN DRAIN SLAVES UTTERANCES. via DM Android App

    Lanka Tuesday, 17 May 2016 02:12 PM

    "Colombo people would rather be third world than having Gota back.....

    Araliya Tuesday, 17 May 2016 02:17 PM

    Of course we need Gota to lead this country

    Aquarius Tuesday, 17 May 2016 02:45 PM

    This good for nothing empty vessel will always use others to be in the news.

    onlooker Tuesday, 17 May 2016 03:17 PM

    Sincere, do not talk rubbish, face the reality.


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