Rebuilding operations begin in Aluthgama - Beruwala
heads in discussion with Maj. Gen. Ubaya Medawala
expediting the claring work
Rebuilding and renovating areas affected by the recent communal riots
in Aluthgama and Beruwala areas are in progress with over 125 Army
personnel deaployed in different duties.
Security Force Headquarters, West of the Sri Lanka Army which has now
been entrusted with the arduous challenge formally commenced its work on
The work began with the initial debris and rubble collection,
re-evaluation of remaining structures and overall assessment of repairs
in Aluthgama town, Dharga town, Ambagashandiya Military Road,
Adikarigoda, Pathirajagoda and Seeniwatta areas, according to Major
General Ubaya Medawala, Commander, SFHQ-West.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa directed the Secretary Defence Gotabaya
Rajapaksa and Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake to
immediately undertake repairs to affected areas with the participation
of Army and other service personnel on June 18 following the meeting
with the religious and civil leaders in Beruwala soon after his arrival
from an overseas visit.
The government has already allocated Rs 200 million for
reconstruction work, out of which Rs 150 million has been earmarked for
Army renovation roles.SFHQ-West troops while conducting this initial
repair work in close coordination with Navy, Air Force, Ministry of
Resettlement, Municipal Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas in respective
areas, are to engage in this work under two phases.
Maj. Gen. Medawala said that immediately following the survey and
clean-up work, another batch of 765 Army personnel with members of the
Engineer Service Regiment will begin physical repairs and renovation
projects within a few weeks.