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No Govt. funds used to build 'Seemamalakaya': Champika

26 May 2018 08:10 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Megapolis Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said yesterday no government funds were used to build the "Seemamalakaya" in the Diyawanna Oya near the Parliament Road as alleged by joint opposition MP Gamini Lokuge in parliament.

He told parliament that the MP had alleged on Thursday that the "Seemamalakaya" which was built at the entrance to parliament, was of poor quality and had been damaged due to the recent rains.

The minister said it was not a "Seemamalakaya" but a building constructed by a private company to facilitate Buddhist monks and those in the area to engage in religious activities such as meditation and Buddhist sermons.

"The said private company had planned it to be a floating structure, but due to a defect in a pontoon used for that purpose, it did not turn out to be a success," the minister said and added that the company which did the construction work was instructed to look into what went wrong; was it a defect in the designing or construction or an act of sabotage.

He said the company had assured it would rectify the problem within a short time. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 7

  • Mm Saturday, 26 May 2018 08:49 AM

    Can anyone build on public areas?

    bushel Saturday, 26 May 2018 08:52 AM

    when ever you re confronted with a challenge u put the blame on previous regime and taking time to cover up your delay. U r another hypocrite.

    Wasantha Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:30 AM

    What a idiotic idea. Selling Buddhism for cheap political popularity. There are 4 well established temples nearby and another place to chant pirith and mediate? Come on Minister, do not become laughing stock of others. Every one thought this is being built as a restaurant since area is famous for excersing and leisure walks.

    ANTON Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:38 AM

    THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN KOTHTHU BAAS DOES MASON BAAS JOBS.

    Unchikun Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:52 AM

    Thanks and no thanks. Government funds are used to import supper luxury care and rent expensive offices. What is your take on that?

    Arya Saturday, 26 May 2018 10:24 AM

    Yes we know this Yahapalana government not allocating any funds for Buddhism.

    Rajeev sundaram Pulle Saturday, 26 May 2018 11:29 AM

    Money is money be it Govt or People’s. You guys just waste it. Should be put behind bars or banished from this land.


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