Minors attend beach parties in Mt. Lavinia; child abuse rampant

Municipal councillors reveal:

 By Bernard Chandrasekera

Dehiwela-Mount Lavinia Municipality Opposition Leader Sunethra Ranasinghe at the monthly meeting said that there were news reports about schoolchildren attending beach parties at restaurants and child abuse was rampant in the area.

The meeting was chaired by Deputy Mayor Kesaralal Gunasekera.

Ranasinghe said, "I informed then Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa about proliferation of drugs and child abuse in the area at a discussion held, but no action was taken by him though promised and even today these vices continue unabated."

She said the municipality was in chaos. Cemeteries were not maintained properly and no action was being taken to take remedial action when shortcomings were highlighted by the media.

The municipality also didn’t have funds to do the work, the Opposition Leader said.

Sabith Hameed (UPFA): Drugs in the form of tablets are sold at beach restaurants from Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 12,000 and children around 17-18 years patronise these places.

Samanmalee Gunasinghe (JVP): Because of these restaurants children are exposed to vices and the municipality should take action against such places.

Asanga Perera (UNP): It was reported in the newspapers that children are also encouraged to take part in homosexual activities at the so-called beach parties.

Kesaralal Gunasekera: The municipality should discuss the issue with the Police, the Coast Conservation Department, the Excise Department, the Central Environmental Authority and the Divisional Secretariat and find ways and means of eradicating this menace.

Ruwan Liyana Gunawardane (UNP): There are many shortcomings in Mount Lavinia Tourism Zone with four leading schools within it.

The parapet wall of Mount Park playground collapsed many years ago.

Raja Pushpalal Rodrigo (UPFA): Under the ‘Divi Neguma’ programme Rs 2.8 million was spent on road development in the area. But, the money is not being reimbursed by the government.

Stanley Dias (UPFA): Rates at the Attidiya Fair are collected by the Urban Development Authority. But the garbage collection there has to be done by the Municipality.

Ananda Fernando (UNP): The UDA has spent Rs. 59 million to construct the Attidiya Fair.

Priyantha Sahabandu (UPFA): The conservancy labourers at the Municipality should be paid an allowance of Rs. 1,000 as they are required to clean the tyres of tractors transporting solid waste.

Vipul Gunatillake, Kanal Priyantha , Nimal Bulathsinhala, Samantha Perera, Samitha Nalinda Rajapaksa, Varuna Deepal Aponsu. Priyantha Sahabandu, and Srinath Fernnado also spoke.

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