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Houses built by MR regime distributed in Meethotamulla: JO

29 April 2017 11:04 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Joint Opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardena said yesterday the government had distributed houses built by the previous regime to the Meethotamulla victims even though former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa were blamed for the disaster.

He said the present government had stopped the housing project initiated by the previous government for the past two years and added that they should take the responsibility for it.

Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka responded saying the housing project initiated by the previous government was not sustainable.

"The Urban Development Authority (UDA) had faced a grave crisis to continue the project as it was planned to be a Rs. 210 billion project whereas a debenture had been issued initially, only for Rs. 10 billion.

Mr. Gunawardene said the Disaster Management Ministry had been slow to react to the calamity at Meethotamulla and asked what the Flying Squad of the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) had been doing during the time.

He said there should be a stable mechanism to address the garbage crisis and added that a special legal mechanism and a central institute should be set up in this regard.

Mr. Gunawardane said the government should heed the warning of the Japanese experts with regard to the likely methane explosion at the Meethotamulla garbage dump.

The minister said there was no such threat as the methane level was below the level that could trigger an explosion. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 7

  • Lion Monday, 01 May 2017 07:43 AM

    my dearest most corrupted people in the subcontinent. at least stop bulling each other and do some thing collectively to resurrect the garbage issue . If British rules Ceylon this would not have happened. via DM Android App

    Manel Monday, 01 May 2017 08:20 AM

    Did the Disaster management ministry acted in time to avert the crisis at Rathupaswsla during which people were killed by army firing ordered by Gotta.

    Don Sunday, 30 April 2017 07:45 AM

    Have some decency. Stop politicizing human tragedy. via DM Android App

    Jim Kuru Sunday, 30 April 2017 08:00 AM

    The biggest joker in Parliament,

    VJ Monday, 01 May 2017 05:54 PM

    The MP was probably exposed to the extremely warm weather, the sun they say is right above the head, otherwise he is a brilliant pedigree.

    daily boru Sunday, 30 April 2017 10:54 AM

    why basil and vimale refused to take the houses via DM Android App

    ceylon Sunday, 30 April 2017 11:52 AM

    built from mrs . via DM Android App

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