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Govt. To Hold Local Government Heads Accountable

Feb 19, 2011 8:51:19 AM - thesundayleader.lk

The government has decided to hold the heads of local government bodies accountable for permitting the construction in areas prone to landslides.

The Disaster Management Ministry has issued a circular stating that if a construction is permitted in any area without the certification of the National Building Research Organization (NBRO), the head of the respective local government body would be held accountable.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has told the media that in the event damages are caused to such establishments and individuals due to landslides, the head of the respective local government body would have to personally compensate the state for the damages.

However, he said such a situation would apply only if the construction had taken place without the approval of the NBRO.