meeting of the Southern Provincial Council
Where is the
promised hospital, swimming pool, asks JVP member
|At the monthly meeting of the Southern
Provincial Council held on Wednesday, JVP PC member
Nalin Hewage faulted the Provincial administration
for the failure to complete the construction work on
the proposed 1000-bed hospital at Neluwa and the
swimming pool at Richmond College, Galle.
“These two projects were launched with much fanfare
several years ago. But both projects appear to have
been abandoned by now,” the member charged. He said
it was a crime to waste public funds on projects
launched without proper pre-planning,” he said.
PC Chairman W. A. Somawansa presided when the
Council met on Wednesday. Chief Minister Shan
Wijelal de Silva, opposition leader Siri
Wijewickrama and all other members were present.
Wijepala Hettiarachchi (UNP) recalled that the
Richmond College Swimming Pool project was launched
about five years ago and the Provincial Minister for
Tourism at the time V. K. Indika had got Rs. 50
million sanctioned by the Financial Commission for
the Swimming Pool project. “The project appears to
have been abandoned now after spending Rs.30 million
on it,” he pointed out.
Hettiarachchi said that the proposed Neluwa hospital
project is at a standstill because they had picked a
rocky terrain as the site for the proposed hospital.
“The Council had decided to build the proposed
hospital at a cost of Rs. 52.3 million. And Rs.21
million has already been spent on the operation to
clear the site of rocks,” he added. Chief Minister
Shan Wijelal de Silva said that former Provincial
Minister Piyasena Gamage took the initiative to
build the proposed hospital and he was not aware of
the occurrence of a rocky layer underground.
Maithree Gunaratne (UNP) said that he had come to
know of certain irregularities relating to the issue
of driving licenses by the office of the Assistant
Commissioner of Motor Traffic in Galle. Chairman
Somawansa assured that inquiries into the alleged
irregularities would be made with the view to
punishing the culprits. He also announced that the
Council will meet again at 9:30 a.m. on July 10.