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Namal’s Jaffna Pool Is All Dried Up

Jun 19, 2010 2:58:49 PM - thesundayleader.lk

A project under the guidance of Namal Rajapaksa to construct a pool at Jaffna Central College has come to a full stop.

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema

Jaffna Central College Principal L. Ongaramurthy said that the swimming pool project launched in October 2008 had come to a standstill around June/July 2009.

As a result the school and its students are now left with a gaping hole in the ground that is collecting gallons of rain water.

Ongaramurthy told The Sunday Leader that parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa’s Tharunyata Hetak Organization has spearheaded the project.

“The project was inaugurated by Tharunyata Hetak but has now come to a complete standstill,” he said.

When asked why, Ongaramurthy said he had been informed that the project had to be stopped temporarily due to a lack of funds. According to him, the pool project is estimated to cost Rs. 13.9 million.

Ongaramurhty was unable to give more details beyond saying, “I don’t know much about it. I also don’t know when the project would recommence.”

Meanwhile however, sources from Jaffna have been quoted saying that the project had to be abandoned as members of the Organization (a local NGO) had sold the iron rods and cement collected for the construction of the pool in the open market in Jaffna.

At the time the project was launched in 2008, Northern Province Governor Major General G. A. Chandrasiri had organized a ceremony at which Head of Tharunyata Hetak Organization and UPFA parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa and other government officials had participated in the ceremony.

Many attempts were made by The Sunday Leader to contact Northern Province Governor Major General G. A. Chandrasiri for comment, but he remained unavailable.