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The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has acknowledged recent revelations made by the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development attesting to the existence of over 10,000 illegally constructed buildings within the Colombo City limits.

A Ministry survey has identified approximately 1800 such buildings between Bambalapitiya and Wellawatte alone. It is reported that serious irregularities have taken place in the process of granting approval for such constructions.

Municipal Commissioner and Officer Implementing the Powers and Function of the CMC, V.K.A. Anura pointed out that if the Urban Development Authority did not take over the powers afforded to the CMC, the CMC would act on the matter.

During the past two years, over 200 cases have been filed by the CMC in relation to such constructions and are currently lying at the Attorney General’s Department.

“It is not just today or yesterday but since the time of the British rule that illegal constructions have taken place in the Colombo City limits which come within the purview of the CMC. There is a large number of such cases. We accept this. Generally speaking there is no point in filing legal action with regard to buildings that are 15, 20, 50 or 60 years old. An applicable policy decision must be taken in this regard,” he explained. (RLJ)