Residents of Homagama- Padukka claim Korean Firm to get 3,000 acres of their land

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By 2017-12-07

By Niranjala Ariyawansha

People residing in the Homagama-Padukka electorate allege that the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, in a bid to construct the Techno City, under its Western Region Megapolis Master Plan, is planning to hand over nearly 3,000 acres of land in the electorate to a Korean firm.The residents point out that through the plan mooted by the Ministry, the ancestral houses of some 1,500 families in the Homagama-Padukka electorate as well as their livelihoods have been threatened.

Sources said the people residing in the 3,000 acres are involved in agriculture - cultivations of tea, coconut and rubber.The villagers have charged that the said Ministry had failed to enlighten them ahead of handing over their lands to the foreign firm.When contacted, the Secretary to the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, engineer Nihal Rupasinghe, stated that nothing of the sort had taken place to date.He stressed that the said land will be taken under the purview of the Ministry and it would not be handed over to a Korean firm.He noted that any local or overseas firm could submit bids for the knowledge hub which is one of the items to be built under the Techno City concept."This Techno City plan is still in its first phase. We are still going on with its planning. When the time comes to take over the lands, we will brief the public beforehand. Also, we will not leave room for any injustice to be caused to the public when that process takes place," explained the Secretary.

He added that this Techno City concept was something that would include the people of the electorates from where the lands are to be utilized for the purpose.

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