turning blind eye to Nawala land grab?
|Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development
Corporation (SLLRDC) workers prepare to remove unauthorized
structures at the end of Araliya Gardens in Nawala.
The SLLRDC this week carried out an operation to remove unauthorized
structures in a land reserved as a water retention area in Nawala.
A special unit was set up by SLLRDC Chairman Somaweera Chandrasiri
to carry out the demolition.
An illegal grab of state land has been occurring
in Nawala by a bakery owner who had allegedly been filling up a
large area of marshy land.
The bakery owner had purchased a 12 perch property
and has been allegedly extending it by filling the adjoining marsh.
Complaints to the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation Corporation had brought
However, last week Police had summoned the owner
and warned him.
“The tractors come usually on a Saturday
or Sunday and dump waste or sand on the land.” said a neighbouring
resident. The 12 perch land was said to have been extended to around
The marshy land, which is also a bird sanctuary
is facing sever environmental issues due to the illegal filling.
Residents in the area had complained that the waste from the land
owner’s catering service too is being dumped at the land.
Local authorities recently constructed through
this land. But the illegal filling has blocked the canal.