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Over 200 yr old De Soyza building collapses

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The old De Soyza building, located on Malay Street in Slave Island, which was of archeological value, collapsed last night, police said.

The building is reported to have been over 200 years old and had been left abandoned for a while.

Police said the owner of the building had previously requested for permission to demolish the building but this was denied by the Archeological Department.

Police said no injuries had been reported but the area has been cordoned off.(DSB)



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  Comments - 18

  • Be Fair Thursday, 17 June 2021 02:08 PM

    Like most things happening in our Paradise Isle

    E Fernando Thursday, 17 June 2021 02:14 PM

    It stood for 200 years and then just collapsed in 1 night. It was demolished more like it

    RoaringCreek Thursday, 17 June 2021 02:18 PM

    Was it done on purpose to grab the land to sell of to the Chinese.

    Nuwan Thursday, 17 June 2021 02:35 PM

    Congratulations to the owner. Only way to get things done with these govt departments

    Lalith Thursday, 17 June 2021 02:37 PM

    These connected buildings with such a long road frontage seems to have collapsed very neatly. A miracle of asia indeed.

    Lal Thursday, 17 June 2021 02:42 PM


    Sunil Thursday, 17 June 2021 02:50 PM

    The Department of Archaeology was more concerned about letting the building stand rather than the safety of the people. Typical state sector mentality.

    sameer Thursday, 17 June 2021 03:11 PM

    Another Rajapaksa land grab...

    Arnold Thursday, 17 June 2021 05:04 PM

    China says thank you.

    Mohan Thursday, 17 June 2021 07:42 PM

    Ok now sell to China

    Jerry Arnold Thursday, 17 June 2021 11:01 PM

    Looks like a U.D.A job, they were after this block for many year. Now they will whole block to a Chinese investors to build apartments. This is definitely a government job.

    Kumar Friday, 18 June 2021 07:10 AM

    I suppose the owners want the entire building to collapse at night so that they can build a high-rise to get more income.

    SA Sunday, 27 June 2021 10:10 AM

    What would you do if that is your property? That place is not an old delepeted building to stand for the sake of people who frequent the area.

    Moiez Mohamed Friday, 18 June 2021 07:14 AM

    China is happy now, they will make some apartments and they will name the street as chinese street.

    Confused Friday, 18 June 2021 08:55 AM

    Isn't UDA the owner?

    N SENA Friday, 18 June 2021 09:57 AM


    Jehan Friday, 18 June 2021 11:30 AM

    Good, the grave robbers department is a threat to the living.

    NIHAL BERNARD DHARMATILEKE Friday, 18 June 2021 12:04 PM

    Piling in and around MalaySt is the cause for this building to collapse no body cares about archaeology

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