Hotel Given Back to Owner; Victoria Road Opened; No More HSZs in
[Updated :: 2011-03-17
The famous Subash Hotel on the Victoria road in Jaffna town was
officially handed over to its owner by the Sri Lanka Army on Thursday
(17). On instructions of Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa,
the hotel building was handed over to Mr. H. Hariharan by the Commander
Security Forces – Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe
paving way for remaining private properties occupied by the Army
to be sused by their legitimate owners.
On receiving the documents with regard to handing over the building
from the Commander SF-J in the presence of Jaffna District Parliamentarian
Mr. M. Chandrakumar, Government Agent Jaffna Mrs. Emelda Sukumar,
General Officer Commanding (GOC) 51 Division Major General Janaka
Walgama, Mayoress Jaffna Mrs. Yogeswari Pathgunarasa and other senior
Army officers, expressed his sincere thanks to the Army and the
government for arrangements made for him to get his property back
in good condition.
Army having overpowered LTTE terrorist movements in the Jaffna town
area, troops of the 52 Division made the hotel their Headquarters
in December 1995 for easy administration and command over its troops
and to monitor and control terrorist activities in the area. In
May 1996, 52 Division Headquarters was replaced by the 51 Division.
Since then 51 Division Headquarters had been using the building
on rent basis. A monthly rental of Rs. 90000/= was paid from the
beginning and it was increased to Rs. 125000/= since January 2010.
block of the Subash hotel was handed over to Mr. Hariharan in February
this year. The owner was paid Rs. 30000/= up to January 2010 and
later for it. The rental was increased to Rs. 40000/= since January
civil and public administration getting streamlined on par with
other development programmes under the Wadakkin Wasantham (Uthuru
Wasanthaya), and law and order is restored by the Police in the
peninsula, Army is in the process of shrinking its strengths in
popularized areas and shifting camps to remote crown lands. As a
result, the Headquarters 51 Division which was functioning at the
Subash hotel was relocated at Kopay two weeks ago under the aegis
of Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya who
declared open the new premises. Only a fewer number of permanent
buildings are presently being occupied by the Army on rental basis
with consent of their owners and those buildings will also be handed
back to owners in the course of time.
the Victoria road in the Jaffna town so far remained a restricted
zone was opened for public use on Thursday (17) leaving no High
Security Zones in the town area any longer. The Victoria road linking
Jaffna-Palaly main road and the Clock Tower road remained closed
for public use nearly for sixteen years due to security reasons
since 51 Division Headquarters and several other military installations
had been established in buildings either side. Releasing the Victoria
road today marked the removal of High Security Zones in the Jaffna
SF-J, Jaffna District Parliamentarian Mr. M. Chandrakumar, Government
Agent Jaffna, GOC 51 Division, BGS SF-J and Mayoress Jaffna attended
Security Forces Headquarters has hitherto released all lands in
Araly, Kolombuthurai, Gurunagar, Thanankilappu and Point Pedro to
civilians and owners have already settle down in their orginal places.
In addition, people in Kurumpasiddy in Vasavilan South in Thelippalai
AGA Division, Ilavalai North, Ilavalai West and Wittakapuram in
Valikamam North AGA Division, Manalkadu, Kudatthanai, Kudatthanai
Karaiyoor, Potpathy, Ampan, Champianpattu North and South, Maruthankerni,
Vathirayan, Uduthurai and Alaiyavalai in Vadamarachchi North and
East were resettled recently after clearance of mines was declared.
Accelerated de-mining is now being conducted in other areas of Thelippalai
and surrounding areas for immediate resettlement of people.