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FTZ Committee report meets legal snag

By S. Selvakumar
The government was unable to reveal the report of the committee appointed to probe into the recent incidents at the Katunayake Free Trade Zone where a worker was killed due to Police fire because of the judicial inquiry that is currently being held, Minister of Environment Anura Priyadharshana Yapa told the post Cabinet press briefing held at the Information Department on Thursday.
Soon after the Katunayake incident the government appointed a committee headed by former High Court Judge Mahanama Tillekeratne to inquire into the incidents and submit a report within five days which he had done.
The China Developmenmt Bank Corporation has agreed to provide financial assistance in a sum of US$ 1.5 billion within three years for the construction of roads, bridges water supply schemes and also for irrigation and power and this was agreed upon a proposal made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Yapa said.
The Asian Development Bank will provide US $ 85 million for the rehabilitation of 62 km of sections of national highway.
The Government also launched a development programme through the Urban Development Authority (UDA) to provide housing facilities to the underserved settlements in and around Colombo which was also a proposal made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last Cabinet meeting.
Thee final stage of this housing project will consist of 31,500 units and 7,500 of it will be constructed initially within a period of one year.
In the Southern Expressway from Kottawa to Godagama in Matara which is 126 km in length, the stretch from Kottawa to Pinnduwa in Galle is expected to commence operations next month.
Rest areas are to be constructed on both sides of the expressway on state land. Restaurants, shops, rest areas and other utilities such as water, telephone, toilet facilities and parking areas will also be provided, Minister Yapa said quoting Wednesday’s cabinet decisions.
France has granted Euro 35 million for water supply and sanitation projects for Jaffna and KilinochchiThe Asian Development Bank has already agreed to provide US $ 90 million and the contribution of the Government towards this project will be US $ 26.04 million.
The Government of India has agreed to provide seed varieties for cultivation affected due to heavy rains and floods in January and February in the East and North Central provinces to an extent of 45,000 hectares.