Meethotamulla victims want land valued forthwith

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By Nabeela Hussain   

While the government has initiated measures to value the properties affected by the Meethotamulla tragedy, steps are yet to be taken to value the land, the Movement Against the Meethotamulla Garbage Mound said yesterday. 


Organiser of the Movement, Nuwan Bopage said the government had kept its promises of providing compensation and rent allowances to families affected by the tragedy. 


However, there are concerns 

 

We have also asked the government to continue providing the victims of the Meethotamulla tragedy with the Rs. 50,000 rent allowance until the land is valued and we are compensated justly

 

over the steps taken by the movement and the victims. 


“Properties in these lands were valued at Rs. 2,000-2,500 per square foot, whereas it is about Rs. 3,000. Apart from this, the government has to value the lands, which they say will happen during the acquisition process,” Mr. Bopage said. 


The two concerns raised by the movement and residents were to value the land forthwith and to revise the amount their properties were valued at as it was low.

 
“We have also asked the government to continue providing the victims of the Meethotamulla tragedy with the Rs. 50,000 rent allowance until the land is valued and we are compensated justly,” he said.   


Meanwhile, the Cabinet last week approved a proposal to pay rent allowances to 141 families that were affected from the Meethotamulla garbage dump collapse in April this year. 


Ninety one families were evacuated from the area after the tragedy and 60 more have expressed their intention to leave. The proposal included the provision of rent allowance to 60 families who intend to evacuate.