City fathers want Kandy Lake restoration done according to original plan

By Cyril Wimalasurendre

KANDY – Plans for the development of the Kandy Lake and its surroundings were a welcome measure, but the developments should not harm the historical and archaeological value of the lake, said Deputy Mayor of Kandy Sena Dissanayaka at the general meeting of the Municipal Council chaired by Mayor Mahindra Ratwatte last Thursday 25.

Deputy Mayor Dissanayake said that the lake should be protected against pollution and encroachment.

The Lake that brought splendour to the environs of the sacred area of the Sri Dalada Maligawa and the city of Kandy in general should be conserved in such a manner that it resembled very architectural plan its founders had in mind, Dissanayake said, adding that earlier the lake had been managed by the Kandy Municipal Council and subsequently as Minister of irrigation late Gen. Anuruddha Ratwatta had entrusted its management to the Department of irrigation. Later it had been taken over by the Urban Development Authority (UDA), the Deputy Mayor said.

Leader of the Opposition of the Kandy Municipal Council Neranjan Wijeyeratne (UNP) said that some hotels and international schools and other institutions had polluted the Kandy Lake by releasing waste water into it.

Stern action should be taken against the polluters, he said, urging the Kandy MC officials to inspect the area and take legal action against those who ruined the lake.

Former Mayor Raja Pushpakumra (UNP) said that action taken on the complaints by council members at a meeting of the council should be made known to the relevant members.

K. L. Suminda Wickremasinghe (UNP) said that the abolition of the Preferential voting system was a welcome measure. Wickremasinghe also brought to the notice of the council that the water-supply to some parts of Hantana area was irregular.

Ananda Sanath Kumara (UPFA) brought to the notice of the council that some officials of the council had prepared an estimate to the tune of Rs. 115,000 to repair a gearbox of a vehicle belonging to the council. But the Municipal Council Member Sarath Wijesinghe had got the repairs done for as little as Rs. 15,000, he said.

Sarath Wijesinghe (UPFA) complained that there was a stray dog menace in Kandy as an NGO had successfully campaigned against the destroying of stray animals. The NGO had collected funds but did not provide facilities to protect the stray dogs, he alleged.

Ananda Siriwardana (UNP) told the meeting the construction of buildings of the municipal council should be done by the works department of the council itself without hiring private contractors.

Vipula Ranasinghe (UNP) S. Sivagnanam (UNP), Anura Kulatunge (UPFA) T. Ilahi Abdeen (UNP), Mathalie Marikkar (UNP), Lal Dharmasiri (UPFA) and several others tabled complaints and petitions.

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