Six tanks to be sacrificed for 1,435-acre project
Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday asked Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage to be more sensitive to the needs of farmers who would be affected by a government plan to set up a 1,435-acre sports village with the filling up of six tanks in Suriyawewa.
The Speaker made the appeal when the minister responded to a question by United National Party (UNP) MP Buddhika Pathirane who charged that the six tanks lying within the area demarcated for the proposed sports village would cease to exist once the village was set up.
Mr. Pathirana asked what steps would be taken by the government to compensate the farmers who cultivated their lands with the water from these tanks.
The Minister said these farmers would be provided with irrigation water facilities.
“We cannot bring water for these lands from Matara which you represent,” the minister told Mr. Pathirane who argued that the livelihood of these farmers was at stake if this proposed sports village was set up.
Courtesy: DM Online
Sports facilities over the farmers livelihoods? Why to stage the next Olympic Games? Only in Srilanka this could happen under the rule of the Rajapaksas! May god bless Srilanka and its American Rulers! We need people like the “conscience of the nation” Nicholas Dias and patriots Manjula, AUJ to rise up and fight against these attrocities for the nation to survive.Possibly expert advice from JS, Frederick and DC might help.
You are upRIGHT Sir, You have voiced your opinion of the farmers,the lifeline of the nation. Sports Stadia can wait or go somewhere else.The hunger of the entire nation cannot sacrificed. Dr. Buddhika you are awake when the other MPs of the area are fast asleep.We salute You.
In my entry No.2 I referred ‘You are upRIGHT Sir,’TO Hon.Chamal Rajapaksa. I did not have the foggiest notion that another entry was beating me to second place.Hence my entry No.2 has no relevance to entry No.1
I did not care two hoots to see whom you were praising, so do not worry about whom you were refering to. The colours are still with you. Blue brother booruwa Chamal will still appreciate your comment.
Mr.Udurawana, If you did not care whom I was praising.why did you take the trouble of querring me?You say you are not worried about whom I was referring to. As for me I am bit sensitive if anybody refers to me. Hence this entry.My colours are steAdy with me. They are LOUD & BOLD and the visibility is a few thousnds miles.As for your last sentence ,language one uses reflect one’s character and in this case the shape as well.
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I do hope the Sports Minister revise his plans to set-up a mammoth so-called ‘Sports Village’, sacrificing the five lakes/tanks that supply water for irrigation of the farmers of this area.
AGRICULTURE AND FARMERS’ LIVELIHOOD TAKES PRIORITY OVER CREATION OF SPORTS FACILITIES, AT THE EXPENSE OF THE LAKES.
These lakes were built by ancient benevolent kings who rightly valued the need to capture every drop of rain from being wasted by flowing into the sea, by building these magnificent lakes, appreciated by the world as magnificent engineering tasks in ancient times. This MUST be preserved in memory of these noble kings and for preserving the livelihood of farmers.
The Sports Minister has not got his priorities right. I give credit for MP Buddhika Pathirana for raising this issue in time, in the Parliament. I applaud the Hon Speaker for chiding Minister of Sports for even thinking of depriving the farmers of their livelihood, at a time when emphasis is given by Hon President to the development of agriculture, under MC Idiri Dekma. This shows this Sports Minister is not in tune with Hon President’s vision.
This Sports Minister must go, at the next Cabinet reshuffle. He is not up to the task. He has made a mess of our Cricket Team. We had a winning team, but by the Sports Minister’s cras interference and threats, the cricket team has lost its morale and become a losing team. He continues to trod-on from blunder to blunder. He has to go. When will MR wake up to this fact and get rid of this man before he makes more blunders.
HON PRESIDENT SHOULD ORDER THE FIVE LAKES TO BE PRESERVED FOR POSTERITY AND INFACT RENOVATED TO SERVE THE FARMERS’ LIVELIHOOD.
Do we need such mammoth ‘sports vilages’ as envisaged by this sports minister? Isn’t it better that money is spent on creating sports facilities all over the whole country for the benefit of the children of the whole nation, instead of for the children of the South only? Such sports facilites should not be created at the expense of the SL forests (homes of valuable fauna and flora) and lakes and places of national heritage.
As AUJ rightly pointed out, Udurawana by calling Hon Speaker ‘booruva’, has shown his own vile and despicable nature, which I deplore.
Farmers will be given money & spring hot water…!
Rice will be imported from other countries…!
Price of rice will be given also…!
What’s more..? Let’s enjoy olympic or cricket or whatever it plays..!
Don’t go to “about chase” as Nicolas says & just swayed away with the current flow…!