Compensated owners retake their land



by Cyril Wimalasurendre


 


Kandy - Re-occupation of the blocks of lands for which the owners obtained compensation under the road expansion projects has posed a problem to the Road Development Authority (RDA) to provide adequate lanes for pedestrians on Kandy-Kurunegala highway from Katugastota.


This was disclosed by the Central Province Commissioner of Lands Ms. Anoma S. Polwatta, at a meeting chaired by Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayaka.


The meeting discussed the traffic congestion, air-pollution and dengue in Kandy and many other issues.


Ms. Polwatta told the meeting that blocks of land on either sides of the road from Katugastota were re-occupied by those who collected compensation, under the road expansion project. The Road Development Authority (RDA) now faces the problem of building the lanes for pedestrians on the two sides of the road.


The road has been developed with a width of fifty feet with two lanes for motor vehicles. But the accommodation for pedestrians could not be allowed due to encroachment by persons who had already collected huge sums of money as compensation.


The Lands Ministry has paid at least Rs. 260 million as compensation for lands over a distance of 07 kilometres along Katugastota-Kurunegala road in Harispattuwa section.


It has now become the responsibility of the RDA to initiate action against the encroachers in order to provide facilities to the pedestrians and ease traffic congestion.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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