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Maligawila tube wells

By Wimal Disanayake

A building complex with 13 tube wells and access roads at Maligawila in Buttala Divisional Secretary’s Division constructed at a colossal expenditure is in a dilapidated condition due to neglect of maintenance for about two decades. The access road and the tube wells are today covered with shrub jungle. The buildings were constructed under Gamudawa 1992, to inaugurate a farmer colony on the instructions of the then President R.Premadasa. The building complex includes a post office, a cooperative stall, an agrarian service centre, a school, a family health centre and several official quarters. Each building is complete with all facilities including a tube well. Huge anthills covering walls, doors and door posts have caused irreparable damage to the buildings that are left to the mercy of the elements. Meanwhile thieves have removed the electrical fittings and other accessories in the buildings. The residents of the area said the building complex is now an abode of gangs engaging in nefarious activities. It is understood that the Forest Conservation Department proposed to establish a training centre and the Moneragala district Co-ordinating committee to inaugurate an out door prison camp, but the proposals were never realised. The majority of the people in the area live in wattle and daub huts thatched with cadjan and their children make a long trek of six miles on foot to school everyday while a massive building complex with a school building in the proposed farmer colony has been left to the mercy of elements. The residents of the area requested the government to establish the proposed farmer colony or use the building complex for a gainful public purpose without wasting public funds in this manner.

H.W.Amarasuriya statue vandalised

By Gamini Mahadura

The statue of leading planter, philanthropist, and social worker in Galle district the late Henry Woodward Amarasuriya who rendered a yeoman service to the area and commanded high recognition in the early 20th century was removed from its location at Amarasuriya Mawatha and left on a mound of earth by the roadside. The residents of the area pointed out that the statue was damaged and the memorial plaque smashed by the labourers who haphazardly dismantled the statue. The late H.W.Amarasuriya who established several Buddhist schools in the south including Meepawala Maha Vidyalaya donated his residence to the Government Teacher Training College, at Unawatuna in Galle. A former UNP Parliamentarian for Galle, the late H.W.Amarasuriya was the paternal uncle of President of the International Lion Club Mahendra Amarasuriya. The resident of the area expressed concern for the damage done to the statue of the late leader who rendered an unparallel service to the country. They requested the senior officials of the Road Development Authority to look into the matter and to take immediate steps to restore the statue.

Alleged misappropriation of funds

By Hiran Priyankara Jayasinghe

The Parent Association of Anamaduwa Kannagara Vidyalaya recently requested the Presidential Investigation Division to probe the allege misappropriation of funds allocated to construct a shrine room for the school. They pointed out it is a waste of funds to construct a shrine room at a colossal expenditure of Rs.900,000 for the school that already has one. The parents said the School Development Society has not approved the project and that the purchase of building materials without calling for quotations is in suspicious. The Parents Association is of opinion that the construction works would not have cost more than Rs.400,000. A philanthropist in the area made a massive donation and in addition about 1800 students of the students raised funds amounting to Rs.300,000 from the public The parents expressed dissatisfaction for not initiating a formal inquiry into the alleged fraud despite their continual representations t the Director of Education (NWP),

Lack of facilities

By K.N.Tharmalingam-

Farmers in several villages in Thirukkovil area are virtually starving for want of irrigation facilities to cultivate their land after the village tanks and water courses were destroyed by the tsunami waves. They expressed concern for the lethargic attitude of the authorities who neglected to repair the broken down irrigation works. Tempattai was one of the worst affected where the houses and government buildings including schools were razed down to the ground. Although several Non Governmental Organisations reconstructed the buildings, the irrigation works were left without attention. Majority of the population Tirukkovil Divisional Secretary’s area are paddy cultivators who lost their livelihood after the tsunami disaster. They pointed out that the Non Governmental Organisations and the government provided assistance to the fisher folk but the paddy cultivators were subjected to step motherly treatment.

Death of calf elephant

By Nimal S.,Bogahawatta

A calf elephant, orphaned after the she elephant was hit by a mortar during a confrontation between the LTTE and the Sri Lanka Army in Thoppigala area was rescued by the officers of Perawelthalawa Police Post and handed over to the Wildlife Conservation Department. Wildlife Veterinary Surgeon of the Central Province and the Mahaweli Area Dr. W.G.Dharmakirthi provided treatment to the two weeks old calf elephant that was seriously injured in the LTTE mortar attack. However, it succumbed to its injuries after several days. The Wildlife Conservation Officials said they would make a mummy of the calf elephant and display it at Wasgamuwa National Park.







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