Panadura Division Coordinating Committee not met in months: UC Chairman

Published : 12:01 am  May 26, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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By Saman Kariyawasam and Kusal Chamath   

Panadura Urban Council Chairman Nandana Gunatilleka said the Panadura Divisional Coordinating Committee had not met for more than five months and that it created several major issues. However, a spokesman for the Divisional Secretariat said the coordinating committee had last met in December 2017. 

“As the co-chair of the committee, it is only Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe who has the power to call the monthly meeting, but he neglects it. The committee is a decision-making body. Development activities to resolve several issues affecting the area are held up because of this delay,” Mr. Gunatilleka said.  

Residents in the area said they expected the new administration to resolve major issues affecting Panadura. 

“The flood threat facing Panadura is one such. Two days ago, the area from the Panadura SLTB bus depot to the hospital junction had gone 2ft underwater. Several buildings including Panadura Royal  College went underwater and vehicular movement was hindered on the Galle Road. Stormwater drains have broken down and the free flow of water in the Modarawila Canal blocked for a long time. Garbage removal in the town is another pressing issue that needs attention,” they said.  

Meanwhile, the traders expressed concern about the dilapidated state of the Panadura public market and the failure to implement the proposed project to build a new market complex.