The UNP said today that the government did not have the right to break down walls or damage homes for the purpose of beautifying the city of Colombo as it had no authority to do so.
“Without any consultation with the public, no individual can beautify the city as beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it should be a democratic process. The government cannot break down walls, damage homes or even cut down trees at its own free will,”
UNP MP and Colombo East Main Organiser Eran Wickramaratne said today.
He said while the party was for making the city greener it should be done by adhering to the democratic process. He said several homes have been broken down in Slave Island, Torrington Avenue and Colombo North and that according to the government some 65,000 families will be relocated.
“People have the right to choose where they wish to live and the government should not be permitted to make that decision on their behalf,” he said. He said as a result there has been a lot unrest among people in the Colombo city where 50% of the people reside in areas within limited access to resources.
Although some infrastructure and roads are being built, there has been little investment in pipe-borne water and drainage systems, he said. “People have the legal and moral right to be in possession of these facilities,” he said. (Olindhi Jayasundere)
Balla Piduru Kanneth Naha, Kana Gona Ta Denneth Naha!
Expat Sunday, 11 September 2011 08:07 AM
The UNP has nothing better to do than oppose every single move that the Governament makes, whether good or bad. Guess that's the only thing they exist for.
periyadorai Saturday, 10 September 2011 12:59 AM
Oh yes, its the UNP that made Colombo a slum, what a lame statement the majority of Colombo dwellers are quite happy with what the Govt. is doing re. making Colombo a liveable city again. Cant you guys find something to realy complain about and do something constructive for a change, You had what 19 bloody years and what did you do?. besides encouraging the thug culture in politics. bloody disgrace you bunch are
somasiri Saturday, 10 September 2011 01:38 AM
Ane please, go get lost. If you think like this, our country will never be a developed nation. All this will lead to economic prosperity of all the Sri Lankans.
siva Saturday, 10 September 2011 02:45 AM
Eran I beg to differ here. We are UNP voters from birth. But now we think since Cooray and Jayasuriya days the best initiative taken by CMC is the current beautification drive. We are happy about it. We may also refrain from voting this time as it may give a new lease of life to Ranil who is hell bent on destroying UNP for his personal gain.
Note: DM as you are trtting the Daliynews line of one sided news it is up to you to publish this. But we are now not browsing lankaenews which is taken over by Ranil. The same will soon happen to DM and ST , Lankadeepa.
modaya Saturday, 10 September 2011 03:14 AM
UNP is becoming more and more desperate....I actually see a much nicer Colombo now...
Sitting Bull Saturday, 10 September 2011 04:01 AM
This govt. can and will do anything they want and one can do nothing about it. The irony of it is that it does all this with the support of the turncoat UNPers who'd stop at nothing to please their new boss!
LIMA Saturday, 10 September 2011 04:10 AM
how much you say , nobody will listedn , the govt will go ahead their own work due to somehow capture the cmc of unp stronghold. they will re-locate out of colombo so that their party votes will be in tact in colombo , this is for the future plan .pls open your eyes
Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 10 September 2011 04:40 AM
But the powers that be have a different opinion: they think the Family owns the whole country. Now it is upto Colombo voters to give them the proper answer at the forthcoming Municipality election.
Tony Saturday, 10 September 2011 06:30 AM
Its a peice of cake for the UPFA government immaterial what people like Calistus Jayatileke says. You cant one sided by chap what did the UNP do when they were in power ... didn;t they sell the country and heritages to the white skins ??? I guess you would have been out of Sri Lanka when this took place that is why you do not know much of the UNP era!!! get your facts straight before making your comments.
nagi Saturday, 10 September 2011 06:45 AM
dont talk cock like your UNP. city is so beautiful now hats off to Gota. if same thing done by UNP you will say well done. hypocrites!
Lanke Banda Saturday, 10 September 2011 07:47 AM
Colombo is certainly more improved now than before.
Senior citizen Saturday, 10 September 2011 07:51 AM
Some one has to beautify Colombo. We thank the Government for this. Please clean and devolope Kalani River Bed as a park. UNP &Ranil needs slums to get votes. Better to evacuate these Slums to somewhere to a remote area. (Avissavella, Hambanthota or Kilnochchi)
NAIDE Saturday, 10 September 2011 07:54 AM
THE NAME IMPLIES THAT THE WRITER THINKS HE IS FROM THE UPPER CLASS AND THEREFORE NOT BOTHERED ABOUT EVICTING THE POOR CITIZENS TO SOME GOD FORSAKEN LAND AND MAKE THE CITY LOOK BEAUTIFUL FOR THE " NOUVEAU RICHE " ELITE OF COLOMBO AND THE INVADING 'R' BARONS FROM ABROAD !
Tikshana Saturday, 10 September 2011 08:58 AM
Oh. SHUTUP! Get your party to unite and do some serious politics to try to become a worthwhile opposition. People should scrifice certain "freedoms" to make their country become a beautiful place to become its proud citizens who are not second to those of any country.
Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 10 September 2011 08:59 AM
It is rather amusing to read Tony's comments: if it is such a piece of cake, then why couldnt UPFA find a true SLFPer to contest as the Mayor rather than get a jobless turncoat from the UNP to be nominated. I have seen what is happening but not with a pair of blue-tinted glasss. Perhaps, selling to yellow coloured skins is preferable to selling to white coloured ones. Just like the sale of army hq land and Galle Face. There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.
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