'Surveyors play key role in country's development'
Surveyors play a key role in the country's development activities as
the pioneers who step-in first to the sites. The Survey Department acts
as the whip cracker. When dancers come people forget the whip crackers,
said Land and Land development Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon.
He was speaking at the 212th anniversary commemoration of the Survey
Department held yesterday at the Department auditorium. He said the
surveyors' service is not much appreciated. "We cannot expect a better
service without providing enough facilities for them. So the Land and
Land Development Ministry has already taken measures to provide
facilities for surveyors," said the minister.
He also said that more than 75 percent of court cases are related to
land problems. So the surveyor has a very big responsibility to solve
these problems. Land and Land Development Deputy Minister Siripala
Gamlath said that Surveyors have been able to win the confidence of
people because of the quality of their service. Everyone accept the maps
which are created by surveyors.
Acting Surveyor General K. W. N. D. Karunaratne said that the Survey
Department is the oldest government Department in Sri Lanka established
on August 2 , 1800 during the British period. The first Sri Lankan
surveyor was appointed in 1954. Since then 44 Surveyors General had
served the Department.
"The Survey Department serves silently for the country's development
activities. The department engaged on a wider range of surveying
functions including cadastral surveys, engineering surveys, irrigation
surveys, railway surveys, forest surveys, digital surveys, remote
sensing, digital mapping, etc." he said. For the first time in the
history of the Surveyor Department the official residence for the
Surveyor General was opened yesterday.
Land and Land Development Ministry Secretary Asoka Peiris, Additional
Surveyor General (Title Registration) K.Dayananda, Prof. J. B.
Dissanayake, Former Surveyors General, Heads of the department,
surveyors and many other distinguished people participated in the