Tsunami Buffer Zone

Published : 12:05 am  December 27, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 

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  • Large number of buildings that have been coming up in the buffer zone is a clear indication that the authorities have failed to implement this law
  • The government decided to declare a 300- metre- strip along the coastal belt as buffer, forbidding construction

 

Text & Pics By Kusal Chamath  

Tsunami Buffer zone declared by the government of President Chandrika Kumaranatunga has been a failure.  


The buffer zone was intended to reduce the population in the high risk areas in the coastal belt to make disaster management easier in case of a tsunami disaster.  


The government considered a 300- metre- wide strip of the coastal was the most vulnerable in case of a tsunami as a large population in coastal belt in the south and east of the country had a harrowing experience after a Matara bound passenger train was destroyed during the disaster.   


The government decided to declare a 300- metre- strip along the coastal belt as buffer, forbidding construction of any kind. However, judging from the present situation it is quiet obvious that the buffer zone has been a failure.  
Although the government had decided to strictly enforce the buffer Zone, it had provided a loophole, allowing buildings for business purposes to be constructed in the area.  


The large number of buildings that have been coming up in the buffer zone is a clear indication that the authorities have failed to implement this law. The public are of the opinion that even the people who were provided housing under various aid schemes have returned to construct homes within the buffer zone, while selling or renting the houses they have received.   


Number of shanties along the beach is a clear indication the Tsunami Buffer Zone has  become meaningless.  


A resident of Moratuwa, a retired teacher Piyatissa De Zoyza said the people receiving political patronage were constructing buildings in the coastal belt regardless of the buffer zone declared in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster.  
“The individuals constructing the buildings in the Tsunami buffer zone are influential people. They have received approval for their building plans. Meanwhile shanties are spreading fast and in case of a disaster, it will be incumbent on the government to pay heavy compensation” he said.   

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