Property Lure

Nov 19, 2008 (LBO) – Several Sri Lankan government institutions are scrambling to get land in a government property near the capital Colombo whose ownership reverted back to the state on a recent court order, a senior official said Court had ordered how the land could be used for its original flood retention purposes.

Ramanujam said the UDA has also started a valuation of the land and buildings built on the property.

The supreme court last month rapped former president Chandrika Kumaratunga for abuse of power and reversed the controversial transfer of the Water’s Edge land to the private developer in a landmark case.

Kumaratunga who was involved in the sale of the land was ordered to pay three million rupees as compensation.

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The parliament, and the ministries of defence and power are among the institutions that have asked for land at the Water’s Edge, said Prathap Ramanujam, acting chairman of the government’s Urban Development Authority (UDA).

The land is a low-lying marshland originally meant for flood retention purposes that was made into an up-market golf course and recreation club by a p