Southern Province Development
Hakmana - towards grandeur
Divisional Secretariat - fully equipped with office
Hakmana in Matara District was a neglected area during the past.
However with this direct intervention of Media and Government Media
Spokesman as National Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene, Hakmana
today is diverted to a new era.
Creating an efficient road network
The road network, both highways and rural roads, irrigation,
electricity supply and various other development projects are now bring
The development of Hakmana into a fully-fledged township provides its
people with vital facilities - Weekly Fair Complex, Modern Bus Stand,
two-storeyed Commercial Centre, Sports Complex, Children's Parks, and
such other infrastructure facilities, Urban Development and Sacred Area
Development Minister, Dinesh Gunawardena said.
The old Hakmana situated on the Matara-Middeniya Road has now been
developed into a fully-fledged modern township. The re-developed Hakmana
township has been an another important solid, political and economic hub
in this Matara District. Traditional villages were rapidly developed
into modern townships as provided for in the Mahinda Chintanaya, said
Minister of Transport and Matara District Leader Dullas Alahapperuma.
The remote and under-developed Hakmana was developed on a small measure
during the past regimes. But an instructions of the President Mahinda
Rajapaksa, Hakmana was brought to a developed township, Divisional
Secretary P. Somasiri said.
Bus Stand - 2nd stage
He said irrigation schemes such as Uyan Oya tank and Denagama tank
are projected to rehabilitate. Denagama tank which supplies water to a
large number of farmers is to be renovated with a cost amounting to Rs.
700m, he said.
Weekly Fair (Sathipola) providing marketing facilities
The largest development in Hakmana can be attributed as the progress
made in the road network. Almost all the rural gravel roads have been
The roads leading to Hakmana from Matara, Beliatta, Mulatiyana,
Walasmulla have been carpetted. The cost for renovating these roads Rs.
226.3 m. In addition Rs. 65 m had been spent to renovate
Deragama-Mulatiyana road and roads leading to Mee Ella, Hakula and
Hakmana community had for 40 years used polluted water. A water
scheme is to be implemented spending Rs. 383 m to provide drinking water
to the community.
The pioneers in the forefront to develop Hakmana have planned to
concrete all the rural gravel roads before the end of the year and to
supply all the households before the end of 2010. The plantation sector
in Hakmana is also developing rapidly. Today the price of a tea leaves
has gone upto Rs. 70 per kilo, and latex Rs. 225/- per kilo. Cinnamon,
pepper, 'goraka', and the prices of other allied items had also
increased benefitting the small time planters, an official in the
plantation sector said.
The paddy price has shot up to sum of Rs. 30-35 per kilo. The farmers
were encouraged to plough the barren and abandoned paddy fields due to
the fertiliser subsidy.
However, there is a water scarcity to cultivate paddy and the
authorities had taken immediate steps to solve these problems by
renovating the dilapidated tanks. The Irrigation Department had already
prepared feasibility studies to renovate the identified dilapidated
Public playground and pavilion with systematic sports
facilities and pavilion (with indoor stadium)
In order to deal with the developing projects, a new building for the
Divisional Secretariat and for the Police Station have been constructed
spending Rs. 554 m, Ariya Rubasinghe said.
In addition to the finished and proposed projects Government has
focused its attention to identify more developing schemes to suit the
needs of the people, Rubasinghe said.
Hambantota: From darkness to light
The entire community residing in Hambantota will be supplied with
electricity before the early months of 2010, Lighting Sri Lanka
Hambantota Project Director S. Bogahawatta told Daily News.
Lighting Sri Lanka Hambantota Project Director S.
The entire community in Hambantota District will be provided with
electricity during this course of the year making this objectives
specified in the Lighting Sri Lanka Hambantota District (2006) Project
Plan, a reality Bogahawatte said.
In 2006, at the time of the project commenced the electrification of
the District was 68%. This was below the national average of 75%. The
electrification level in some areas such as Lunugamvehera (36%) and
Weeraketiya (46%) were far below the national average during the period
in question, a CEB official said. The status of electricity supply was
not satisfactory especially in rural parts due to low supply voltages
and frequent breakdowns.
Lighting Sri Lanka
The services and manufacturing industry was largely affected due to
those problems. However, with the implementation of the Hambantota
Project those lapses are solved.
There are nearly 100,000 electricity consumers in Hambantota District
at present. This includes 8000 commercial consumers, 1000 industrial
consumers and 500 religious places.
Lighting Sri Lanka - Hambantota District Project has been formulated
with the primary objective of achieving 100% customer reach in the
District. That means that all households in the District will have
access to electricity networks within close proximity so that
electricity connections can be obtained by them at a nominal cost, he
Related scope of work includes expansion of electricity distribution
network to presently un-electrified rural areas targeting provision of
electricity supply connections to 40,000 additional consumers
(households). Today, Hambantota Project has achieved the target
supplying electricity for 40,000 consumers, he further said.
Hambantota gets Rs. 500M fisheries harbour, market
The Southern Provincial Council has constructed a complete fisheries
harbour in Hambantota which has all facilities needed for fishermen,
fishmongers and customers.
Not only the people engaged in fish-related activities even customers
had to face many difficulties because there was no proper,
well-established fisheries harbour or fish market in Hambantota.
Considering this situation, the Government has constructed a complete
fisheries harbour in Hambantota spending Rs. 500 million.
As there wasn't a proper fisheries harbour boat skippers faced
difficulties when their boats were damaged frequently by rough tide.
On several occasions boats were reported to have capsized and
fishermen escaped narrowly. Around 500 large and small scale fishing
boats operate daily from the Hambantota fisheries harbour.
Having identified the requirements and issues, the Government along
with the Southern Provincial Council restructured the former fisheries
harbour with improved facilities.
Accordingly, an ice-producing plant, fish market, storage facilities
for fishing equipment and fish, toilets and other sanitary facilities
have been provided in the new harbour fulfilling a long felt need.
"We have all the facilities we were actually in need of. Earlier even
basic requirements such as toilet facilities were not available. We had
to undergo many hardships as there weren't toilet facilities within the
The fishermen and others who were engaged in several other activities
had to use public toilets in town.
As there wasn't an ice-producing plant nearby, fishermen had to spend
much money and time to obtain ice. But now we can get ice cubes easily
from the ice producing plant at a low price" T.S. Anton Surendra a
seasoned fisherman in the area said.
Apart from the current development priorities, moves are under way to
establish a filing station for fishing boats in the near future in the
harbour premises. It will be a great boon for fishermen as they can save
much of their valuable time.
"We were badly in need of a filing station for fishing boats at
Hambantota harbour for a long time since a considerable number of boats
operate here daily.
Therefore we highly appreciate the Government action of constructing
a filling station here" a boat skipper R.S. Rukshan Kumara said landing
the move as one of timely action by the authorities.
"Construction of the new fisheries harbour is really a boon not only
to the fishing community but to the whole country as well.
More than 4,500 people are directly benefited by the new fisheries
Two water breakers have also been constructed in line with the
harbour development process.
Therefore boats can easily enter the fisheries harbour and be
anchored with safety.
Previously it was so difficult that the rough tide frequently damaged
the boats" the Manager of Hambantota Harbour, Priyawansa Punchihewa
"At long last we have a full-fledged fisheries harbour and we are
really proud of it.
People in Hambantota are in fact indebted to the Government,
Vast development in Hakmana
Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena
The people in Hakmana are benefited with
modern complete town which consists of all facilities
Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said on Thursday after the
recent Presidential election, the President clearly stated that he would
Therefore now the people in Hakmana are benefited with modern complete
town which consists of all facilities, the Minister told a public rally
The road network has been totally renovated spending millions of money
as improved road network is a key feature for development. The
Government has spent Rs. 33 million for the construction of one
kilometre of road, he said.
A majority of UNP members have joined hand with the Government while
the others express their willingness to cast their vote for the
Government. Therefore the Government will definitely have a clear
majority in the Hakamana electorate at the forthcoming Provincial
The Minister said Hakmana town construction is a boon for the Southern