Tense situation in Maligawatta

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A tense situation prevailed in Maligawatta this morning when authorities went to the area to demolish unauthorized construction which they have being planning for a long time.

The residents did not move out of their houses and shops which were to be demolished by the authorities which were marked as unauthorized construction.

Police said that the move was called off as the residence was behaving violently without moving out of their houses and shops.

First they flocked to the main street and blocked the bulldozers. After that they went into their houses and shops, started confronting with the police. They urged that the decision had taken by the authorities without informing them.

However the process did not take place but the police moved in water cannons and riot police to control the residents of Maligawatta but they were not use against them after they began to disperse peacefully when authorities started to push back from the area.

The elite Special Task Force (STF) and the Army were also deployed into the area to assist the police in bringing the situation under control. (SD)
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  • dimuthu Thursday, 01 March 2012 06:30 AM

    The Law should be same;Anyone can't involve with the country's common rules. These constructions should be demolished soon....

    lankaman Thursday, 01 March 2012 07:08 AM

    pls demolish all unauthorized constructions in country. they are a nuisance, hindrance to public and a hazard

    Dee Thursday, 01 March 2012 07:12 AM

    Hope the police will do their job. Unauthorized contructions galore in colombo, big and small they all need to be flattened.

    Fefe Thursday, 01 March 2012 01:57 PM

    People are living peacefully in Malligawatta. Why bother? Don't the gov. have anything else to do? Like bring down the cost of living? behaving their members? reducing their trips to foreign countries? buying new cars.... Come on man... What Sri Lankan people need is an egg for Rs 5.00 breakfast for Rs 50, Milk for cheap!People are already suffering and don't make them suffer MORE!

    Andy Thursday, 01 March 2012 07:38 AM

    yeah for other than this matter the common rules are applied for the rest of the things. joking ah..

    waas Thursday, 01 March 2012 07:31 AM

    Its easy to demolish but what about the lives of the people who live there?? where will they go?? they have being living there for so long, paid taxes and water and light bills, what about their children who school in that area.. its easy for us to judge because its not our own houses that are being bulldozerd!!

    ROSHAIA Thursday, 01 March 2012 07:40 AM

    give them proper shelter after demolishe,thise poor citizen who are constructed.

    John Thursday, 01 March 2012 08:36 AM

    Yes, but there needs to be a due process of visible consultation and public notification prior to actual demolition?

    Amila.G Thursday, 01 March 2012 08:39 AM

    The Local authorities should be responsible for these unauthorized structures in the whole country .Where ever they may be when they come up immediately they should be stopped. What they do is get some thing to the hand and allow these people to put up any thing any where. Nothing to do with rich or poor the law should be applied immateriality with the help of the Police. Look at Galle face green ,so many legal mushroom outlets which messes up the beauty of the green.

    kuthbuddin Thursday, 01 March 2012 08:52 AM

    in the name of beautifying colombo and the so called devolopment you dont improve the human development.you need to see the big picture ,we sufferd 30 years of civil war these people helped us to win the war.these all small bussiness .which they want discourage and destroys for the big super markets to come .where there is money and power there only i will serve.this is what the high ranks are thinking.

    lal Thursday, 01 March 2012 11:10 PM

    The topic is unlawful structures, not cost of living. Unlawful structures are a danger to the occupants, hinderence to environment. Good planning of town and environment is an essential part of development. I congratulate the government for taking this unpopular but brave position to improve the environment, and quality of life of the population. Demolish and provide safe housing, particularly to the poor.

    Dee Thursday, 01 March 2012 09:18 AM

    You think these people are poor? ha! you really need to move around town. Some of the most richest and influential live in such houses(palaces) which does not exist on records and only accesible on foot. They can buy 10 large , normal houses but they wont

    silva Thursday, 01 March 2012 11:00 AM

    yes, its a very good idea to have ghettos all over the country so that kudu business and all sorts of rackets can thrive and prosper.

    B.Ranasinghe Thursday, 01 March 2012 10:56 AM

    Well there sould be law and order in a country. It it should be honoured by the people. This situaton is a different one due to the fact that these people appear to have been living there for some time.What were the planning department of the council doing all this time. They should have intevined at very early stage when people were excavating to lay foundations. Brian Ranasinghe, London, 01/03/2012

    ind Thursday, 01 March 2012 11:43 AM

    It was given long time back.

    ind Thursday, 01 March 2012 11:44 AM

    If I own a slot in those area, I would sell it and buy Acres in Anuradhapura or some where else. Then who is poor !!!

    Shane Thursday, 01 March 2012 11:48 AM

    The place they lives is worth than anything. but the people who lives over there is poor.

    Shane Thursday, 01 March 2012 06:38 AM

    every problem is for poor people. why cant you guys improve the living standards of the people first and then considering about these developments??? First move them to a proper shelter and after that why cant you guys go ahead with demolishing the unauthroized sturctures. are we hearing any good news these days? very bad.


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