By Nirmala Kannangara
The Urban Development Authority (UDA) has come under severe criticism for its failure to demolish unauthorised structures belonging to government supporters in close proximity to the Kettarama Stadium.
Several unauthorised structures belonging to supporters of the National Freedom Front (NFF) and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) are still intact although 11 houses in adjacent blocks have been demolished.
“Houses belonging to the supporters of Housing and Construction Minister Wimal Weerawansa and the JHU still remain intact although 11 more houses were demolished last week. If the government wants to beautify the area around the Kettarama Stadium for the World Cup matches, then they would have demolished all the illegal structures irrespective of party politics,” alleged UNP Colombo District Parliamentarian, Ravi Karunanayake.
According to Karunanayake, the residents that lost their houses had not been given alternative residences but only a promise for house rental for a period of one year.
Refuting these allegations, Director UDA, Siriwardena speaking to The Sunday Leader said, “We did not demolish houses in Maligawatte in close proximity to the Kettarama Stadium. The houses that were demolished were built on reservation land. The residents will be moved into their new homes given by the National Housing Development Authority,” Siriwardena said.
However when asked where the 11 new houses were, Siriwardena said he could not divulge the details
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