Parliament to finally get valid lease



By Saman Indrajith


The Parliament complex had been in existence for the past 37 years without a ‘valid deed’ for the land, the House was told yesterday.


"Parliament building is existing without a proper deed for 37 years since its beginning," Matara District UNP MP Buddhika Pathirana said.


The MP said that he had received an invitation for a ceremony where the official deed of parliament would be handed over. The ceremony would be held on June 05. "How can parliament exist without a valid deed?" he asked.


Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that he would make an explanation with regard to the query raised by the MP shortly.


According to parliament sources, there is a’ Thamba (copper) sannasa’ issued by President J.R.Jayewardene dated April 29, 1981. The sannasa states the land extent given for the parliamentary complex. Later, President Ranasinghe Premadasa further expanded the land extent by a successive copper sannasa. However there is no other deed for the parliamentary complex.


Lands Minister Gayantha Karunathilake is scheduled to hand over the official deed document for the parliamentary complex area on June 05.


As per the new deed, parliament complex comprised 12 acres, one rood and 32 perches, according to parliament sources.


The new area covered included some lands and buildings currently utilised by the Urban Development Authority in the surroundings of the Diyawanna Lake, sources added.


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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