CMC chief promises to pull down illegal structures

No action has been taken either to dismantle unauthorised structures allegedly put up by former Colombo Municipal Council members, or to institute legal action against the perpetrators, investigations by the Sunday Times reveal.

These buildings have come up in prime locations over the past five to six years. They are being put to a variety of uses – as communication centres, three-wheeler garages, spare-part stores, and VCD-DVD sales points, among other things.

CMC Special Commissioner Omar Kamil told the Sunday Times that he was not aware of the unauthorised structures, but promised to launch investigations to identify any illegal constructions. He said the buildings would be demolished if there was evidence that the structures were built without CMC approval.

Some of the unauthorised structures are in Gas Works Street, in Pettah, Hulftsdorp, and Kettarama.

Illegal structures: Above at Bodhiraja Mawatha in Pettah and below two structures at Kettarama
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