Over 300 fake surveyors in Lanka
There are over 300 uncertified/fake surveyors in the country,
Institute of Surveyors President, Keerthi Gunawardane said. Addressing a
media conference at the Organization of Professional Associations of Sri
Lanka Auditorium on Wednesday to inform the public how they should act
without falling into the hands of unauthorized surveyors, Gunawardane
said these fake surveyors have fraudulently prepared all certificates
and documents and they act as licensed surveyors. Names and addresses of
licensed surveyors have been published in gazette notifications and
renewed every year with new additions.
The public and lawyers should find out if a surveyor is licensed
before engaging them, he said.
Gunawardane criticized procedures followed by certain officers in the
Local Authorities while forwarding applications of clients to the Urban
Development Authority to issue development licences.
Officers of local authorities are purposely trying to delay the
process by adhering to certain procedures not included in the Local
Government Ordinance, he said. "We are not against any laws implemented
for public benefit. But there should be clear provisions and policies to
follow," he said.
He said the Institute of Surveyors urge the public to be aware of the
law and regulations properly.
This is the only option available to prevent being fooled by fake
surveyors, he added. The institute represents both state Sector and
Private Sector comprising over 900 registered surveyors.