Sri Lanka: CHA monthly situation report Oct 2006 - southern province (Galle, Matara, and Hambantota)
The Government has already permitted a project to export mineral sand that has been separated from the ordinary sand of the Hambantota beach. A 15km stretch of the beach in Ambalantota Secretarial Division will be used for this project. According to the Department of Beach Preservation, this project is similar to the activities of the Cooperation of Minerals Pulmude.
The Sales Authority of Sri Lankan Agriculture Products has commenced the paddy harvest of the Yala season, in the Hambantota District. One kilogramme of paddy called Nadu will be bought at the rate of Rs. 16.50/- per kilogramme and a kilogramme of Samba rice will be bought at the rate of Rs. 17.50/-. Plans are underway to buy a maximum of 2500kg of paddy from each farmer and the money will be paid from the nearest People's Bank or Rural Development Bank.
A special ceremony was held the Residence of Children in Weerawila on behalf of Children's Day. The home houses a total of one hundred and forty-eight children who lost their parents in the tsunami. CHA and CRC jointly organised a similar programme at Gonnoruwa and Badagiriya. Asura FM and Save the Children supported in organising the programme.
There were no major issues of concern in Matara until the LTTE suicide attack took place in Galle, which created a certain amount of tension in the district. The situation has settled and people are carrying out their daily activities as previously. Security has been strengthened in the Matara Town.
Several areas in Galle including Neluwa, Thawalama, Baddegama, and Hiniduma are flooded due to excessive rainfall during the month. Other than the LTTE suicide attack on the 'Dakshina' Naval Base on the 18th of October, the situation in the district has been calm in general.
There was a protest in Tangalle bus station, by unemployed Graduates who are being trained in under the Tharuna Arana programme. This strike was organized by unemployed Graduate Association. There were 300 Graduates participate this moment.
Security was strengthened in the Matara District due to the LTTE suicide attack on the 'Dakshina' Naval Camp in Galle, during the last week of October. Search operations were conducted and thirty people were arrested upon suspicion.
A group of boys who were dove hunting has spotted a decomposing body lying in a lonely area of the 'Sun Side Estate' in Talpawila.
An armed gang of robbers forcibly waylaid a vehicle transporting money to a private enterprise at the Kekanadura, Matara and robbed Rs. 630,000/- in cash.
A pensioner was killed when a motorcycle crashed into his bicycle at Kumbalagama Junction in Kekanadura. He died upon admittance to the Matara General Hospital.
The Navy foiled a LTTE attempt to launch a suicide attack on the 'Dakshina' Naval Base in Galle. Five LTTE speedboats were speeding towards the harbour in the guise of fishing boats when the Navy destroyed them. An Inshore Patrol Craft located at the marshal point, where the Navy conducts routine checks on boats entering the harbour, spotted the tiger boats speeding towards the entrance of the harbour around 07.45 a.m. The remaining two suicide boats were destroyed just outside the harbour entrance. One sailor was killed and twenty-six others sustained injuries.
Economic Growth/Development/Decline and Resulting Differences
Certificates and self-employment toolkits were awarded to trainees of the Vocational Training Programme 2005/2006, sponsored by Saviya Development Foundation and the World University Services of Canada, with infrastructure facilities from Bodhi Arakshaka Sabha, Matara. The event took place at the Saviya Women's Organisation, Head Office in Nupe, Matara.
Most of the wooden posts that were fixed twenty-five years ago to supply electricity to the areas of Gandarawatta, Kapugama, Thalalla, Aparekka and Kadawedduwa in the Devinuwara electorate have decayed and endangered the lives of the residents. The Pradeshiya Sabha of Devinuwara has requested the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to take immediate action to remove the wooden posts and replace them with concrete posts to avoid an imminent disaster.
The Regional Development Ministries will renovate six dilapidating bridges in the Karandeniya electorate at a cost of Rs. 25 million. Priority will be given to Mulkada Bridge in Karandeniya, Cable Bridge over Therunela, Kondigedara Bridge, and Pati-Paalama in Heenpanwila.
The Southern Provincial Council has decided to develop fifty-three schools in the province. Selected primary, navodya, maha vidyala and central schools in Galle, Matara and Hambantota will be developed. Science laboratories, libraries, hostels, buildings and auditorium will be built for the schools under this project.
Infrastructure needed by the handloom industry will be provided and steps will also be taken to provide raw material that the industry requires. The programme to rehabilitate the handloom industry will cover Galle, Matara, and Hambantota Districts.
Southern Provincial Office of Save the Children in Sri Lanka has launched a massive school re- development programme in Matara. Under the proposed programme, schools where tsunami welfare camps are situated will be developed soon. Ethkandura Seewali Maha Vidyalaya, Hikkaduwa Sri Sumangala Central College, Palatuwa Central College, Gandara Maha Vidyalaya, and Rakawa Junior School are included in the proposed development project.
The rare 200-year-old Vihara Mandiraya, known as Atapattan Viharaya of Sri Sudarshana Pirivena Viharaya, Aturaliya in Akuressa is dilapidated. Several parts of the wall of protection around the Vihara Mandiraya have collapsed and the roof too has perished.
A harvest of sixty bushels of paddy per acre has been produced in Elambakalagoda, Palatuwa in the Thihagoda Division. Two hundred out of the five hundred abandoned paddy fields were cultivated for the first time during the Yala season. The fields had been abandoned for nearly twenty-five years.
The Social Development Unit of the Sri Lanka Samurdhi Authority (SLSA) has launched a housing programme to benefit eight low-income group families in Sulthanagoda East, Sulthanagoda West, Galpamuna, Malimbada East, Kadukanna, Elgiriya and Akurugoda North areas in the Malimbada Division of the Matara District. Each family was granted Rs. 50,000 to build their own houses.
Reconstruction of roads in remote villages in the Southern Provincial Council will be reconstructed under the 'Maga Neguma' concept. Allegations were made that contractors have deviated from the specifications laid down for construction, to their advantage.
The Sri Lanka Samurdhi Authority has initiated measures to develop common amenities in the Hakmana Divisional Secretariat. Under the proposed programme, top priority has been accorded to construct houses and improve water and sanitation facilities in the division. The estimated cost of these rural community development projects is over Rs. 9,256,000.
The Minister of Home Affairs, Deputy Minister of Fisheries Housing Development, and other distinguished guests participated in the foundation laying ceremony for the new Divisional Secretariat building complex of Kamburupitiya.
The Immigration and Emigration Department has opened and an office at Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Matara for the convenience of public in the Southern Province. In addition, the Regional Office of the Department of Immigration and Emigration was opened recently at Siri Wijaya Building on Rahula Road, Matara.
The Southern Provincial Department of Health and Animal Production have implemented a programme to set up dairy farm villages in the Matara District. Under the phase of the proposed project, the farms will be setup in six selected villages in the district.
"Sanasa" has taken steps to construct a new building for the District Sanasa Union, Matara. The building will consist of five stores, an audience hall, meeting hall, and a training centre.
Six hundred and fifty projects named 'Gampubuduwa' will be carried out under the Samurdhi Programme. The Godaudawatte Road in Godagama, Matara will be reconstructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 100,000. However, the villagers of Godagama came together to construct the road at a cost of Rs. 35,000, on a shramadhana basis.
Ministry of Power and Energy stated that a new Act will be presented to the Parliament in order to create a new Electricity Authority that will methodically maintain all power stations, below fifty megawatts, in the island. He made these comments after opening two electricity schemes at Rotumba and Giriyagalahena recently.
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