Acting Mayor highlights inefficiency of buildings unit

By Cyril Wimalasurendre

KANDY: The Kandy Municipal Council is contemplating whether to abolish the Building Section, of the Municipal Council, since its performance was not satisfactory, the acting Mayor Kandy Sena Dissanayaka told the monthly council meeting last week.

Dissanayake was acting for Mayor Mahindra Ratwatte who is out of the country attending an official assignment.

Dissanayaka told the meeting the building section of the council, with 43 workmen, had failed to complete the repairs to the Mahiyawa crematorium for over a month.

The public will find fault with the municipal council over the delay in attending to the repairs of the crematorium and will question "for what purpose is a Municipal Council that cannot even repair a crematorium", Dissanayaka said.

In view of lapses of the building section, Mayor Ratwatte and others had considered whether to have the building section or dissolve it and distribute the 43 employers among other departments, Dissanayaka said.

He also told the council that the municipal area had been developed by the central government.

He informed the meeting the council had called for a report on the granting of permission to use the Wewalpitiya playground for sales and exhibitions.

UNP member Raja Pushpakumara urged the mayor not to grant permission to any party for constructions on the Mahamaluwa in front of the Sri Dalada Maligawa and the Kandy Lake bund during the Kandy Esala Perahera, next year.

The sites should be kept open for the pilgrims to view the procession, he said

Opposition leader Neranjan Wijeyeratne (UNP) said that Mahamaluwa should be kept clean and open during the perahera.

Wipula Lal Ranasinghe (UNP) said that slaughter of cattle should not be allowed at the present abattoir on the Suduhumpola temple land.

He said that the premises should be utilized to house a veterinary hospital.

Council members T. Ilahi Abdeen (UNP), Sarath Wijesinghe (UPFA), Ananda Siriwardana, Suminda Wickremasinghe (UNP), Sivagnanam (UNP), K. A. Sanath Kumara (UPFA) and several others made complaints and tabled petitions.

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