the People's Alliance has been espousing righteous rhetoric
particularly with regard to land alienation we have found
that none other than the son of President Chandrika
Kumaratunga, Vimukthi has used his position to have
allocated to himself two acres of land at Mirissa in
Weligama in the Matara District.
fact, despite the President and the new SLFP-JVP alliance
claiming the UNP ran the economy to the ground and promoted
robber barons to invest in the country, no lesser person
than Kumaratunga's son Vimukthi was taking advantage of the
improved economic climate in
Chandrika Kumaratunga and Vimukthi Kumaratunga
the country to do a bit of investing by promoting a hotel project
and soliciting land from the UNF government.
to the Land Commissioner in August last year, Vimukthi Kumaratunga
has had the temerity to use the address of President's House in
the letter requesting for two acres to be allocated to him with
beach frontage for a holiday resort.
the official equipment at President's House young Vimukthi has
been doing a bit of business living no doubt to the mother's boast
that, "politics is the family business."
it is hard to believe, the President did not know about the land
land, the President's son has set his eye on is crown land at
Mirissa - Pem Uyana Estate in the Matara District.
the letter written by Vimukthi Kumaratunga to the Land
Commissioner on August 8, last year, Kumaratunga has stated that
he has identified a land suitable for a holiday resort in the
Matara District. He
states he would be "most grateful" if two acres of land
is granted to him on a long term basis for a holiday resort.
full extent of the land in question at Pem Uyana Estate is about
30 acres and partly occupied since 1992 by the allotees under the
village expansion scheme. Kumaratunga
maintains in his letter that an area of about five acres is still
vacant on the allotted land, unoccupied by anyone at present and
that he would like to be granted two acres for a holiday resort as
a BOI project.
allocation was approved by Lands Minister, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne
on September 23, 2003.
allocation by the Lands Minister was made despite Kumaratunga
failing to submit as required a project and financial report,
which is a necessity when such applications are made for state
it was the President's son I approved the request despite there
being no project or financial report." Dr. Rajitha Senaratne
Minister added that Kumaratunga has not made any payment yet for
the land but will be informed in due course, after the government
valuer gives a market price for the area.
beach frontage, Vimukthi Kumaratunga has specifically identified
that an extent of two acres to be allotted to him from block 'A'
depicted in the preliminary plan No. MR 1171 dated April 8, 2001
of the Land Commissioner's Department.
'A' according to the preliminary plan of the Land Commissioner's
Department has been separated for environmental and other
purposes. The plan
states specifically that no human habitation must be allowed or
buildings erected as it will interfere with the sea area as well
as wind direction.
September 3, 2003, Secretary
to the Divisional Secretariat-Weligama,
C. Mudalige wrote to the Chairman, Board of Investment (BOI)
of Sri Lanka, Arjunna Mahendran requesting clarification if the
BOI had received a project proposal from Vimukthi Kumaratunga for
a holiday resort at Mirissa and if approval had been granted.
BOI referred Mudalige's letter to its regional office in Galle
which in turn requested Mudalige for a reference number since they
could not trace any record of an application or proposal made by
matter as far as the BOI was concerned ended there, as Mudalige
was unable to respond with a reference number to a BOI related
application by Kumaratunga.
Chief, Mahendran told The Sunday Leader the BOI has not received
any application from the President's son for a holiday resort at
maybe some foreign investors having silent partners that we are
not aware of," Mahendran said, surmising that perhaps the
President's son is acting as a front for a group of British
far as Vimukthi Kumaratunga is concerned the BOI has received
absolutely no investment proposal," he said.
BOI has however received a proposal from four British nationals to
invest Rs. 2.5 million in a cabana style resort at Mirissa. This
proposal does not indicate the land to be at Pem Uyana Estate and
Vimukthi Kumaratunga's name does not figure in the project
proposal to the BOI.
it is not only the President's son Vimukthi who has been allocated
crown land without even having submitted a project proposal or
financial status report or made any down payment towards the land,
or in short proven his qualifications for such an allotment.
have also found that the former People's Alliance government has allocated crown land to
total of 227 acres of land in the Kandy District has been handed
over to the former Agriculture and Lands Minister D. M. Jayaratne
by President Chandrika Kumaratunga in 2001.
land situated within Ambuluwawa Estate in the Kandy District, in
2001 was approved by the previous cabinet of ministers to be
handed over to a trust fund, which is headed by Dissanayake
Ambuluwawa Environment Development and Conservation Trust Fund was
incorporated in September 2000, with the settler being D. M.
Jayaratne, who at the time was Agriculture and Lands Minister.
specifically created and established this trust he claimed for the
purpose of development and preservation of the environment and
bio-diversity of the Ambuluwawa project area.
order to establish the trust a sum of Rs. 100,000 was deposited
with the Public Trustee who serves as the custodian of this trust.
objectives of the trust were to develop Ambuluwawa Hill as an
attractive place for field education of bio-diversity and
environment; to develop Ambuluwawa as a place where opportunities
are provided for conservation, conservation education, recreation,
religious and exploration purposes; to further improve the
standard of living of surrounding villages by the development of
handicraft industries, agriculture and other service sector
industries; to create income generating opportunities to Gampola
and its neighbouring divisional secretariats; and to develop a
middle class housing scheme for the middle class population in the
Gampola area as well as to rehabilitate and develop religious
aspects that exist at the summit of Ambuluwawa.
of the above has taken place other than an environment for the
education of bio-diversity created while the Agriculture
Department remained on the board of the trust.
After the department pulled out last year there has been
little or no progress in any of the objectives of the trust.
Ambuluwawa Environment Development and Conservation Trust Fund was
established with the approval of President Chandrika Kumaratunga
on September 1, 2000. The
total extent of land that was earmarked for development at
Ambuluwawa was 463 acres.
a Presidential visit to Ambuluwawa Hill on June 1, 2001,
Kumaratunga had directed that 236 acres under forest cover be
released to the Wildlife Department
for wildlife conservation work and for development as a
balance 227 acres Kumaratunga directed be vested in the Ambuluwawa
trust fund, which is headed by D. M. Jayaratne.
the time, in his capacity as
agriculture and lands
minister, Jayaratne presented a cabinet memorandum on July
3, 2001 seeking approval for the allocation of this land.
The cabinet duly granted approval and 236 acres were
demarcated to the Wildlife Department while the balance 227 acres
were given to Jayaratne.
letter to Land Commissioner
for a block of land (02 Acres) for a BOI project
Uyana Estate - Mirissa
have identified a land suitable for a holiday resort in the Matara
District in the Southern Province. The land is situated at Mirissa
within the Divisional Secretariat of Weligama.
am informed that this land which is about 30 acres is partly
occupied by the allottees under the Village Expansion Scheme,
since 1992. An area
of about 05 acres is still vacant on the allotted land, unoccupied
by anyone at present.
shall be most grateful if an extent of 02 Acres of land, from the
above said property is granted to me on a long term basis for a
holiday resort as a BOI Project.
I will be submitting my project proposals to the BOI under
the normal scheme available to investors, as soon as I receive
your responses for approval of the grant of 02 acres of land.
I undertake to abide by any direction given by you and the
District Secretary, Matara, for the said grant.
All necessary payments for the purpose of survey and
blocking up of the land for this purpose can be deposited with the
District Secretary, Matara, immediately, if so required.
I need a beach frontage for my project, I wish that the extent of
02 acres be allotted to me from Block A, depicted in Preliminary
Plan No. MR 1171, dated 08/04/2001, made by Surveyor, J. G. A.
Ratnaweera of the Land Commissioner's Department.
A copy of the said Plan is annexed hereto for facility of
an early favourable reply,