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The Joint Opposition today slammed the Government for evicting residents of Henmulla Nawa Niwasa Watte and the Kajima Watte down Ferguson Road, Thotalanga without any prior notice to initiate the Megapolis Western Province Development Project.

Opposition MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara told a media conference that the fate of all those working class in the heart of Colombo City would be the same as the residents of Kajima Watte and Nawa Niwasa Watte with the continuation of the Megapolis Project.

“Is this how the Government implementing Inclusive Development? While the poor is evicted to the corners of the city, the business community that depends on the poor is brought into the centre of the city. The real motive of Minister Champika Ranawaka can be seen now. Those who used to hit out at our government can see how this government is dealing with the poor,” MP Nanayakkara said.

He said it is high time the people stood against the injustice done by the Government.

Speaking at the briefing Professor Tissa Vitharana said if the demolishing of the houses, which were recognised as ‘unauthorised constructions’ were essential, the Government should have given alternative places to the residents without evicting them.

He urged the Government not to make the Megapolis Project a threat or hindrance to the lives of the people. (Piyumi Fonseka and Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • onlooker Thursday, 18 February 2016 11:41 AM

    Champika and the others are talking nonsense. They are not able to do a patch of what Gota did.

    Veda-mama Thursday, 18 February 2016 12:04 PM

    Vasu was also very very poor at one time that he could not afford any other mode of transport apart from a ""Three wheeler"".Ha! Ha!! Haa!!!!

    TONY Thursday, 18 February 2016 12:29 PM

    WELL DONE JT OPPOSITION. YOU ARE THE REAL OPPOSITION OF THE COUNTRY. BUT WHERE WERE YOU ALL DURING 2005 TO NOW

    Gobba Thursday, 18 February 2016 02:01 PM

    Idiot talking. Talk to the people of Slave Island who had lived for centuries with DEEDS for their places of residence and how they were FORCED to move out by the Army under Gota. At least these Thotalanga people could demonstrate on the roads and they were living in UNAUTHORIZED STRUCTURES. Talking now, what a bulls**t this guy has turned out to be. Shameful really.

    Samson Thursday, 18 February 2016 02:15 PM

    I believe the joint opposition was not born during the last govt. So they wont know how people suffered and how no one could speak a word against the govt, now with democracy the joint opposition wants to put obstacles for what the govt is trying to do.

    Laughter Thursday, 18 February 2016 03:32 PM

    Only difference is that there are no deaths as during previous regime. via DM Android App

    Tonna Thursday, 18 February 2016 03:49 PM

    they dont know the truth via DM iOS App

    Aquarius Thursday, 18 February 2016 03:19 AM

    Without trying to spread garbage to the masses, it is better to verify facts - the tenants have been offered housing and prior notice has been given, unlike in the past. Some of these new accommodations have already being given on rent to others and the trouble makers return to their old dwellings to create bad publicity.

    Ranjitdea Thursday, 18 February 2016 04:10 AM

    Dont you know that alternative housing was given to all of them. "Honda wela wa malu banna"

    Leo Thursday, 18 February 2016 06:02 AM

    So now the opposition has a new matter to harp on. The residents in Kajima road were given a eviction notice a year ago and yet they gave their gourvenment provided houses on rent and built their houses on gourvenment property. If this is legal I want to build my house on Galleface Green. via DM Android App

    mnsmart Thursday, 18 February 2016 08:05 AM

    Opposition has nothing productive, just a waste of public money

    sara Thursday, 18 February 2016 06:58 PM

    Poor Vasu has forgotten what happened at Slave Island and some other places when he was in the govt. bench.What was wright about five years back seems to be worngnow. Realization comes very late in life.

    jaypee Thursday, 18 February 2016 08:43 AM

    Where were you Sir, when RDA

    roy Thursday, 18 February 2016 08:18 PM

    REMOVE ALL PARASITES FROM THIS AREA,THEY ARE DEADLY UNAUTHORIZED KEEP THE CITY OF COLOMBO VERY CLEAN BETTER LATE THAN NEVER,

    shantha gamlath Thursday, 18 February 2016 10:53 AM

    Foolish politicians always seeking a chance to chaos existing situation. Why they cannot understand this down town problem in Colombo city area. What they should do that give a encouragement to government to do make a Colombo as a smart city while giving incorrect direction to government to find out alternative solutions for victimize people. This slums problem must be short out any way.


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