Army shifting bases to  state land

By Madura Ranwala

The Army will shift its 512 Brigade Headquarters to a State-owned block of land in the Jaffna town shortly.

The headquarters is currently situated at Colambathurai in Jaffna.

Military Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya told The Island yesterday that the decision to shift the Brigade headquarters to a one-acre block of land owned by the government had been taken after considering the plight of Jaffna’s citizens.

The Brigade headquarters, with 45 houses, is spread over five acres.

Brigadier Wanigasooriya added that the army had already handed over 18 houses to their owners and the other 27 houses, occupied by the army, would be returned to the owners as quickly as possible.

The army had also planned to shift its other bases from all private lands to government owned lands to enable civilians to settle, he said, emphasising that the army had never grabbed land; it had obtained private properties on lease.

However, it would take a few months to relocate the other army bases and the planned Brigade HQ, he said.

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