Sunday, 1 August 2010

Land acquisition: Lankan families wait for more than 25 yrs for compensation

Some Sri Lankan families whose land have been acquired for road development have been waiting for more than 25 years for compensation while payments owed to 42,000 affected families is estimated at Rs 8.6 billion, a top government official said on Tuesday.
Highways and Road Development Ministry Secretary Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, speaking at the launch of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) guide for "Designing and Implementing Redress Mechanisms for Implementors of Transport Projects" in Colombo, said that he had recently brought this to the attention of the Sri Lankan President. He also requested the ADB to consider helping the government rectify this issue so that Sri Lanka could continue its road development plans unencumbered by past debts or "start from zero".

(Source: Sunday Times)

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