The Government has emphasized that there is no truth in the reports published that the people of Wanathamulla are being driven away to outstations under the development programme.
An English newspaper published today had reported that thousands of houses in the Wanathamulla area were being demolished under the Government’s Development Programme and the people have been informed to evacuate for areas such as Avissawella and Homagama or pay colossal sums and purchase new houses. The Government emphatically states that there is no truth in this report and is totally fabricated. Parliamentarian Duminda Silva visited toured the location today to look into this issue. He told residents that the newspaper had published false statements which he had not stated.
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa emphasized that certain groups were carrying out various false propaganda. However, he mentioned that the desire of the Government was to pass on benefits to dwellers in Colombo and the entire country through a streamlined development programme.