13.5 acres of land in eastern, north­ern prov­inces to be re­leased to right­ful own­ers to­day

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

About 13.5 acres of land that had been ac­quired by the army in the north­ern and eastern prov­inces will be re­leased to their right­ful own­ers to­day at the Gover nor's of­fice in Trin­co­ma­lee.

Ac­cord­ing to the Army Direc­torate of Me­dia, five plots of land in Kuchchave l i , Serunuwara, Mut­tur and Kan­tale are to be re­leased.

"Af­ter a month-long process of con­sul­ta­tion with the mil­i­tary, po­lice, gov­ern­ment agents and po­lit­i­cal groups, a re­port on the land's oc­cu­pied by the mil­i­tary was sub­mit­ted to the Pres­i­den­tial Task Force with my rec­om­men­da­tions," eastern prov­ince gov­er­nor Ro­hitha Bo­gol­lagama said.

Mr Bo­gol­lagama ex­plained that the Pres­i­dent had au­tho­rised the re­spec­tive gover­nors to co­or­di­nate with the mil­i­tary and other stake­hold­ers and speed up the process.

Mr Bo­gol­lagama claimed that na­tional se­cu­rity was the fore­most con­cern and would not be com­pro­mised by the re­lease of the land. The mil­i­tary is look­ing at some al­ter­na­tive land, he said

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