Concerns over land filling in SLBC property

Published : 9:56 am  August 9, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (787) reads | 


TEXT & PICS BY MUDITHA DAYANANDA Residents claimed that a plot of land belonging to the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), on which a housing scheme for journalists was to be constructed, was being filled by unknown individuals each night. They said the land, situated five kilometres off the Homagama-Horana Road, was being filled in such a manner for the past few months. Despite several complaints to relevant authorities, no action had been taken to investigate the matter, they said adding that about 30 perches of the property had already been filled illegally.

“Those in-charge of the Mahinda Rajapaksa Sports Ground have made a small lake in the compound. However, it could be closed up because of the land being filled in,” they pointed out. With the Diyagama Ground, Moratuwa Technical College, flower shop and several other local government authorities occupying space in the fivehundred- acre land, the land has been divided into several sections over the years. Moreover, a housing scheme for journalists was to be constructed in the remaining 100 acres. It is a part of this land that is being illegally filled in each night.

Residents pointed out that the Divisional Secretariat had been informed of a private firm dumping garbage with the intention of removing it later. “If that was so, why was the waste being spread out across twenty perches?,” the residents questioned. When contacted Homagama Divisional Secretary H. K. Kannangara, he said he had not received a complaint regarding the matter, but promised to look into the issue. However, when the Daily Mirror later contacted the Divisional Secretary to inquire about this matter, he said he was unable to investigate the issue. Meanwhile, SLBC Chairman Nandana Muththettuwegama mentioned that the corporation had nothing but a vague idea of which part of the land still belonged to them. “The land has been demarcated to several parts, with different government entities setting up office over the years. So we do not exactly know which part of the land still belongs to the SLBC,” he said. H o w e v e r, when Mr. Muththettuwegama was contacted a week later to follow up with the developments of the subject matter, he said the Divisional Secretariat had informed him that a private entity had filled in the land temporarily, and that it would remove the waste before long. “However, they have not taken permission for this endeavour,” he added.