Sri Lanka has paid Rs39bn compensation for roadbuilding: Minister
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has paid nearly 40 billion rupees of compensation, including for property acquired before 2015, to build roads and expressways including and no one was evicted by force, Highways Minister Kabir Hashim said.
Sri Lanka’s Road Development Authority has paid 39.1 billion rupees (245 million US dollars) in compensation for property owners. In 2015 and 2015, 10.34 billion rupees had been paid to persons whose property was taken before 2015.
"After we came to power in 2015, we have not put anyone out of their house by force," Minister Hashim said.
Hashim said he was aware of a case in Badulla where a young family who left their house in the morning and was shocked to find that half the house had been demolished in their absence.
"The wife went into the broken down house and was electrocuted by an exposed electric," Hashim said. "He told me she was pregnant at the time."
"At that time it the police and the military was used to evict people from their houses. I am not saying that there are no delays in our time but we do not do things like this."
Since 2015, 28,556 billion rupees in compensation had been paid to property owners for new acquisitions carried out under the current administration.
Hashim said mechanisms had been set in place where property owners could get compensation and also appeal.
Hashim said he was in talks with the Treasury to get additional funds to settle more property owners this year. (COLOMBO/June06/2018)