|FTZ Committee report meets
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
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