Govt. gives breakdown of land for UPFA projects

January 11, 2017 6:07 PM

The government says those opposing the Hambantota Investment Zone received over 10,000 acres in land during the United Peoples Freedom Alliance led government in the same area.

Co-Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne speaking at the weekly Cabinet media briefing said loans were also obtained from the Mahaweli Development Authority.

Minister Senaratne citing a few examples of the land given over by the former government said, the Airport construction took 707.4 acres of land, the first phase of the Hambantota port 2,707 acres, the second phase 1,203 acres.

The Minister said the ground took 45 acres, 23 acres for an IT park, 4 acres for a private company and 97.5 acres for a private company to cultivate komarika.

The Minister said more land was obtained through the Mahaweli Authority adding that 5,853 acres of land was taken, when this is all added up with the 4,448 acres obtained before, the full amount of land taken from Hambantota alone comes to 10,301 acres.

The Minister on a separate note said all agreements reached will be passed through the Cabinet of Ministers and through Parliament.

Minister Senaratne said according to the Prime Minister all national projects should be presented to the Cabinet of Ministers and subsequently tabled in Parliament as a draft bill.

The Minister added when a decision is arrived at and revealed, various individuals start talking about it adding that every decision of the economic committee is presented prior as decisions of the Cabinet subcommittee.