At a party leader`s meeting yesterday (14) at the President`s House, the President said that a seminar would be held with the participation of local and foreign experts to create awareness among the people of the scientific and socioeconomic background of the government`s decision to enforce the 100 metre coastal buffer zone.
President Chandrika Kumaratunga said India`s loss of lives in the tsunami disaster was minimized due to the decision taken some years ago to have a coastal limit of 500 metres and added that if it was not for this zone India would have lost hundreds of thousands of lives on that fateful day.
Parliamentarian Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera said the 100 metre buffer zone was important for saving the lives of the people and in all other socio-cultural aspects.
UNP`s Ravindra Samaraweera said the people should be made aware of its importance.
The government plans to build alternate houses for those living within the buffer zone and those who had lost their homes to the tsunami.
Financial allocations are due to be provided in three stages and the amounts would be decided during the next few days taking into consideration the financial assistance received by the government.
Matters relating to the distribution of food ration cards were discussed. According to the Commissioner of Essential Services, ration cards have already been distributed among almost all those who were entitled in the Matara, Jaffna, Gampaha, Batticaloa and Ampara districts. In the Galle and Trincomalee