by Suranga Gamage
Though more than two years have passed since the tsunami
disaster, many victims in Moratuwa complain that they have still
not given the promised facilities to rebuild their destroyed
Many underprivileged people living along the coastal belt of
Moratuwa suburbs such as Koralawella, Egoda Uyana, Lunawa and
Angulana, who lost their dwellings are living in camps
established as temporary settlements which are congested and
with poor sanitation.
A tsunami camp dweller, under condition of anonymity said
that victims receiving financial assistance under various
schemes arranged by the government to buy lands and build
houses, are being pushed from pillar to post due to the lethargy
of the Moratuwa Divisional Secretariat.
He said that since government couldn’t find suitable lands in
the Moratuwa area, it was proposed to provide financial
assistance for individual families to buy lands and build their
"Since land prices are much higher in Moratuwa suburbs, many
victims made arrangements to purchase lands in surrounding areas
such as Piliyandala, Kesbewa, Wadduwa, Panadura and Bandaragama
where lands are relatively cheap," he said.
"However when they applied for financial assistance to
purchase the lands, the Divisional Secretariat wasted time on
inspections and documentation work, and by the time these
formalities were completed the land owners would find new
buyers," another victim said.
Moratuwa District Secretary was not available for comment,
but a subordinate officer said that according to government
procedures, funds could be released for purchasing lands after
title deeds were certified and valuation reports completed.
However, since most lands sought by tsunami victims were located
outside the Moratuwa Division, they have to wait till the
relevant reports are submitted to them by the respective
He said that the issue has already been conveyed to relevant
Ministries and a conclusive decision is expected soon.