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Govt. withdraws Bill



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By Saman Indrajith


The government yesterday withdrew the Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill entered in the Parliament Order book for the second reading.


Chief Government Whip, Water Supply and Drainage Minister, Dinesh Gunawardena informed Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody that that the government would withdraw the Bill on instruction from the Supreme Court.


Last Friday, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa announced to the House that he had been informed by the Supreme Court that this bill had been entered in the Order Book without complying with the Constitutional requirement that it is first referred to the Provincial Councils (PCs) for their views.


The Supreme Court informed Parliament last Saturday that since the necessary procedure had been overlooked, the Bill cannot become law unless it had been referred by the President to every PC as per the constitutional requirement.


The Bill will enable the Government to acquire land for economic, social, historical, environmental and religious purposes within municipal and urban areas.


The Supreme Court, in its determination, said that the Bill under review deals with integrated planning in relation to the economic, social, historic, environmental, physical and religious aspects of land in Sri Lanka, which comes within the purview of the subject of land that is referred to in the Provincial Council List, which includes rights in or over land, land tenure, transfer and alienation of land, land use and land improvement.


Hence, the Court said it was evident that the subject matter referred to in the Bill deals with an item that comes within the purview of the PCs.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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