It may be premature to be feeling hopeful, but from a stance of utter
helplessness it is indeed gratifying to know that at long last there is
at least some hope of seeing justice done with the impending court case
just around the corner, filed by just a handful of investors, one who
assured me that the outcome of the court case if favourable, would
benefit all the investors.
We have all waited for a very long time to see that justice is done
as we all have had to tolerate far too long the behaviour of “Standard
Credit” formerly “Ceylinco Investment Reality” which has a most peculiar
way of trying to re-establish credibility by sending us all plans of
their latest “Plan” to restructure the company, and then going back on
all they have suggested. I think this happened some seven times.
I have personally been issued with shares I vehemently stated I did
not want, with irrefutable proof being sent to the non-Banking Financial
Institution which is at the Central Bank, on two occasions, as they
managed to lose the first lot of proof. I was informed that in spite of
the C.E.O. of Standard Credit being informed that no change in my
situation was forthcoming as yet.
No one but the senior citizens can possibly know what we have had to
undergo as a result of the mis-management of the former Ceylinco Reality
Those who caused this debacle are of course scot free and until very
recently were paying themselves mega salaries while refusing our
requests to reimburse us with our investment which in my case is now
overdue by well over two years with interest repayments in total
That this is yet another example of cooperate Greed which is a
phenomenon that has swept the globe, “Legalised theft” is what I would
Very apt. Justice delayed is justice denied.
Let us all hope that at long last with the courts help, we will be
able to gain access to our capital which has been denied us, so we can
make some use of it in the few years that are left to us. We feverently
pray that this intolerable fiasco will now be brought to a positive
In 1985 the Moratuwa local government authorities under the UNP
regime, acquired the only land belonging to a one-time nursing sister.
All other land owners whose lands were acquired for the Jubilee Road and
the Mel Road Development Projects received compensation without much
delay, but this lady, for reasons unknown. Although several appeals and
reminders were made, and correspondence done to obtain the payment due,
the authorities adopted a deaf, dumb, and blind attitude.
Thanks to the good governance based on the Mahinda Chinthanaya, there
now seems to appear in the distant horizon a hope of settlement as the
Moratuwa Municipal Council has intimated to her that arrangements will
be made to pay Rs 26,400 as compensation as soon as its Finance
Committee approval is received.
This lady is now 89 years old and a heart case. She is eagerly
awaiting the compensation payment delayed for a record 27 years.
Terence Fernando , Idama, Moratuwa
Several buildings of the Eheliyagoda District Hospital have been
abandoned for a long period now. The roofs of some buildings are
partially broken, the plaster on the walls has come off, and the cement
floor is found with cracks in many places.
The fact that these repairs have not been attended to has led to the
buildings being abandoned, ironically at a time when the hospital is
uncomfortably over-crowded. An equally worse situation is the drains and
the cemented pavement area in the rear of the buildings which are
extremely filthy and an eye-sore. No action is taken to clean, repair
and keep them in hygienic condition.
In addition, the large acreage of land belonging to the hospital has
become a haunting ground for stray cattle and dogs, with grass and weeds
grown widely and high. This land although cultivatable is not even
maintained properly, according to administrative officers of the
hospital, ‘due to lack of labourers.'
Primary schools in the Aranayake and Mawanella areas face a threat of
closure due to a very poor number of students attending classes. The
government established primary schools even in remote village areas,
with the objective of providing equal opportunities for education. These
schools were a great boon for village children as well as their parents.
But due to unfortunate circumstances many primary schools have been
closed down and yet more are on the verge of closure.
Why this unfortunate state has arisen is a matter to be probed by the
relevant authorities, in order to effect remedial measures. Some
statistics in this connection, which were revealed by educational
officers are highlighted as follows.
The Mawanella Alpitiya primary schools has only 17 students, but the
staff comprises 10 inclusive of the principal.
The Hemmathagama primary school in Erabudupitiya has 12 students
only, while the staff has seven teachers.
Up to date the number of schools closed down in the Aranayake and
Mawanella areas is 12 while a few more primary schools are facing the
threat of closure soon.
This unprotected level crossing at Palle Mahaiyawa within a stone's
throw from the Mahaiyawa General Cemetery in Kandy, could be a danger to
This level crossing is in a highly residential area in close
proximity to a community centre, two mosques and other public places.
Above all, taking the mental condition of a person returning after
burial or cremation of a lost loved one, the danger while crossing this
unprotected railway line could be easily gauged.
The public of the area have repeatedly requested that a gate be
installed at this spot before some gravely dangerous accident takes
The Ayagama main road in the Mawanella area which starts from the
Devanagala junction and heads passing the historical Aluthnuwara
Dedimunda Dewalaya, is very badly deteriorated. This road which runs
through a paddy field is a resource to the hundreds of people who use it
daily. The road was tarred about eight years ago just prior to the local
government elections, and light posts were also erected. But sadly at
present, the road lies terribly eroded, the light posts are removed, and
the area is in utter darkness after night fall.
Moreover, the side edges of the road have been washed away by the
rains over the years, and the owners of the paddy fields on either side
have encroached into road territory. What remains now is a narrower
stretch of the Ayagama road with pot holes, craters and cracks all
Although several representations and requests were made by the
Ayagama Grama Sanwardhana Samithiya, and the Dayaka Sabhawa of the
Ayagama Bodhimandalaramaya to authorities to repair this road and lay a
concrete draining system on the sides to prevent the edges being washed
away by the rains, these have fallen on deaf ears. The provincial
authority has tarred almost all the by-roads of the Aluthnuwara village
with the assistance of the Maga Neguma but has turned a blind eye here.
Why is this step-motherly treatment accorded to the village of
Ayagama ? Once again I request on behalf of all the villagers of Ayagama
that the Ayagama main road be repaired witihout delay.