Lands in KKS HSZ Released to Public in Valikamam North
:: 2011-05-09 18:55:12 Hours]
Under the government’s resettlement project for northern civilians
displaced due to the war, areas covering nine Gramaniladhari Divisions
in Valikamam North were handed over to the public by the Sri Lanka
Army today (09.05.2011) during a ceremony held at famous Mavadipuram
According to Thelippalai Divisional Secretariat, nearly 12274 civilians
of 3511 families will be resettled in their original homesteads
after 21 years of their displacement. Gramaniladhari Divisions of
J/226 Naguleshwaram, J/228 Thelippalai, J/230 Thanthaiselvapuram,
J /231 Mavadipuram, J/239 Kadduwan West, J/232 Mavadipuram South
and a part of J/236 Palai Vemankamam North and J/237 Palai Vemankamam
South coming under the administration of Thelippalai Divisional
Secretariat were released today. Meanwhile, the remaining areas
of J/225 Kolankallady were also handed over to the Government Agent
by the Army. Several villages of it were released a few weeks ago.
GA’s office has already completed the registration procedures in
ascertaining the ownership of the lands.
Addressing the large gathering of civilians, Hon. Minister of Economic
Development Mr. Basil Rajapaksa, who graced the ceremony as Chief
Guest, said that there are some international elements acting with
connivance of some Tamil politicians to tarnish the image of the
country. He further said that their hidden agenda prolonged the
resettlement process but they continue to enjoy all the perks being
agents of evil forces. Further, Minister said that lands held by
the Security Forces will be handed back to people with direction
of His Excellency the President. Similarly, lands held by the Army
was released today.
“I came to Jaffna with a special message from His Excellency the
President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The President says that he would give
everything to you except the lives lost. So you will be given everything
by the government to live a peaceful life in your original places,”
Minister Basil ststed.
These areas situated on the Jaffna-KKS (Kankesanthurai) main road
and Mavadipuram-Keeramalai road earlier remained within the KKS
High Security Zone (HSZ) and had heavily been mined by the terrorists
during their presence in Mavadipuram and Thelippalai areas. Removal
of mines and UXOs in the Mavadipuram area was expedited last year
on instructions of Commander Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major
General Mahinda Hathurusinghe under aegis the Secretary Defence
Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to accelerate the resettlement process.
“Beggars never want to see their wound be healed because they live
on it. In the same way, such elements spend dollars to disturb peace
in the country for their survival,” Minister said. He requested
all present to be united against anti Sri Lankan elements and preserve
peace gained through sacrifices of war heroes and ordinary people
of this country.
the areas around Thelippalai cancer hospital and the Thelippalai
Union College located within the HSZ were de-mined and made accessible
to civilians by the Army many months ago on humanitarian grounds.
With shrinking of the HSZ since Monday, the public will be free
to reach many places such as Naguleshwaram and Mavadipuram temples,
Keeramalai Ponds, Raja Rajeshwari Kovil, Kolankallady Kovil and
many other areas.
priests, Hon. Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises
Development Mr. Douglas Devananda, Governor Northern Province Maj.
Gen. (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri, TNA (Tamil National Alliance) Parliamentarians
for Jaffna District, Commander SF-J Maj. Gen. Mahinda Hathurusinghe,
Government Agent Jaffna Mrs. Emelda Sukumar, General Officer Commanding
51 Division Maj. Gen. Janaka Walgama, Divisional Secretary Thelippalai
Mr. S. Muralitharan, a section of senior officers of the Army and
many other government officials also attended the function.