The government is hoping to decide the fate of previously approved and now invalid coastal building projects, including hotels, on Tuesday. The government is hoping to decide the fate of previously approved and now invalid coastal building projects, including hotels, on Tuesday. “We are meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) to decide what to do about coastal development projects that were approved before the tsunami,” said R A D B Samaranayake, Director of the Coast Conservation Department.
The plan is to come up with a compensation package for projects that have already got approval but must now relocate.
“Before the tsunami we approved a number of development projects including hotels in the coast. Now there is a change of policy on coastal building. Now no new construction is allowed within a designated area,” explained Samaranayake.
“So we must decide whether to allow these projects to go ahead or come up with some form of compensation for them,” he said.
The Coast Conservation Department issues up to 100 licenses a month – both for new coastal development activities and for renovations of existing coastal constructions -within