The government will go ahead with its policy of removing all unauthorized constructions in the main towns and Colombo city`s busiest areas like the Pettah, the Acting Director (Law Enforcement) T. A. Perera told The Island yesterday (25).
He said the programme was started in Anuradhapura town recently and thousands of shacks and constructions put up by squatters at great inconvenience to town dwellers and pilgrims, was implemented. These squatters were given 24 hours to quit such structures and they were demolished after the lapse of the notice.
Government agencies such as the police, UDA and RDA are engaged in the demolition of constructions which are a public nuisance. It is being carried out on the directive given by the Minister of Urban Development and Water Supply Dinesh Gunawardena.
When asked whether there were any plans to relocate those unauthorized persons, evicted by the authorities, the Director said the government was not prepared to spend funds for such relocation. `How could we spend the tax-payers funds to grant relief to those who have flouted the law. It does not matter if these squatters had political support from any party. The decision to evict them will not be changed,` he added.
He also said the convenience of the public was the matter of prime importance and they cannot be inconvenienced for the sake of a few persons` convenience.