Over 400 families living illegally on marshy land in the Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte area are to be evicted and the cabinet has approved a sum of 800 million rupees for this purpose.
The cabinet has approved the money for the resettlement of 450 families living illegally on marshy land in Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, Nawala and other Colombo suburban areas, Chairman of the Sri Lanka land Reclamations and Development Corporation Karunasena Hettiarachi told Daily Mirror online.
He added that although approval has been granted for resettlement, there was a problem of evicting them as land for there resettlement had still not been identified. The eviction is done to conserve the marshy land in the Colombo area, he said. (Daily Mirror online)
Election targetted societal work of government which will never come true to the shanty dwellers.
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 01:38 PM
Good thing you done. But now only you got remembered them. Time to buy the votes. Be aware of it. And meantimes, don't loose your right.
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 01:51 PM
Conserve the marshy land or has someone demanded that the land be given to him?
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 02:21 PM
Don't they have to find a resettlement land before seeking approval for eviction? Would this mashy land will be protected as a mashyland or end up with masions for the people in power?
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 02:40 PM
What a great opportunity for all PA politicians form Kotte to show their colors in the upcoming general election !! If they do evict people from marshy lands, they will not going to conserve it, definitely those lands will come under some ones name, anybody could see those acres of marshy land bordering Kirimandala mawatha which were sold in 2002 to build a private hospital and an apartment complex.
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 03:01 PM
800 Million for the PA Election Campaign......This money will never be accounted for.
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 03:03 PM
good, remove all slums and build a flat for them....
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 07:13 PM
Now they'll resettle these people in the 'cleared areas' of the North, where Tamil people once lived ...
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 03:24 AM
Somebody in power waiting to BUY this land for SUMMA PRICE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 04:07 AM
May be that one powerful politician need this land.
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 04:14 AM
I hope all the money is utilized properly to rebuilt good houses for these people and not go into our politicians bank accounts
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 05:12 AM
Good opportunity to the opposition to agitate with those families to boost the election propaganda.
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 06:47 PM
Good move. What about all the slums in Dehiwela ?
Thursday, 04 March 2010 10:27 AM
'Marshlands are lungs of the city to save the city from flood waters and drought'- the slogan only to evict the residents thereafter the slogan will change; the marsh is polluted and spreads all mosquito borne diseases therefore the land should be reclaimed!
Monday, 08 March 2010 06:47 AM
Indiscriminate eviction of slum-dwellers is not right. What needs to be done first is identification of land for their resettlement after which they can be resettled with adequate housing provided. Otherwise, where would they go?
The human right to adequate housing is the right of every woman, man, youth and child to acquire and sustain a secure home and community in which to live in peace and dignity. The right to housing is codified as a human right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
Therefore, identify the resettlement land first and then resettle them with adequate housing.
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