'No One Will Block Megapolis Plan', Ranawaka Warns Gamage

Responding to Minister Daya Gamage's recent comments on appropriation of lands for the Veras Ganga Project in Boralesgamuwa, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka said that he will not let anyone interfere with the Megapolis Plan irrespective of their position and powers.

Speaking to a vernacular newspaper, Ranawaka said that he will not be intimidated by those who have the power of ministerial positions, financial capability or the media.

Certain people feel that their lands should not be included in the project simply because they are ministers of the government, Ranawaka alleged, adding that the law should be equal to everyone.

Pointing out that 170 lands have been appropriated for the project, Ranawaka said that most of these lands will be handed over the the original owners after the completion of the development work.

Ranawaka added that the land was appropriated for flood control, and not to take revenge from any individual.

Minister of Primary Industries Daya Gamage recently hit out at Ranawaka for following the policies of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in appropriating lands for development projects.

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