In the process of implementing road development projects under the previous government, the Ministry of Roads and Highways allocated many plots of land owned by third parties but a proper estimate has not yet been made on the land. for which a critical calculation is needed to compensate landowners, Roads and Highways, Ports and Navigation Minister Johnston Fernando said.
Minister Fernando was addressing the media following an inspection visit to the Mirigama section of the highway yesterday (14), according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Ports and Navigation.
âThe previous regime implemented its development effort without taking into account the difficulties and losses suffered by the public. As a result, immediate action will be taken to resolve those issues and difficulties that people face due to the implementation of these projects and they will have the opportunity to present their own proposals and opinions during the discussion session to be held â , did he declare.
âThis inspection visit was organized with several objectives. Our main objective was to inspect this ongoing development project and investigate the shortcomings of this project. In addition, there are several issues that the previous government failed to address. Therefore, we have come here to discuss these issues with the parties who are suffering because of this project and we will resolve these issues soon, âthe Minister said.
âDuring President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s tenure, our government compensated those who lost their land by considering the assessment for the next 30 years. We did not put pressure on people during the implementation of extension projects. Instead, we stabilized their future through compensation. But, the Yahapalanaya government compensated these landowners by estimating the value of the land at present, âhe said.
âThere are a number of problems with the assessment process they carried out. This is why a large number of people have sent us complaints by mail about this misconduct. We will resolve these issues shortly. We have noticed that the estimation procedure carried out by the previous government on land is not fair. The previous regime only considered their future progress and they solved their own problems. They kept this money with them without paying these innocent people who also deserve a dignified life. Now those days are over and our government has taken all necessary measures immediately to resolve this problem, âhe said.
âAs expected, this section of the Mirigama highway will take another four years to complete. We plan to complete construction of the highway from Mirigama to Kurunegala as soon as possible to provide commuters with a quality transportation experience.
The previous government is responsible for the delay of this project. They know how to throw mud, but they don’t know how to work, âhe said.