SL military continues to use school building as resort in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 22:26 GMT]
The occupying SL military continues to use the building of the Tamil school, Sarawathy Viththiyaalayam, as resort despite repeated requests to release the building. The SL military stationed along Batticaloa-Naavaladi Road 46 km north of the city is using the building, both as a camp and a resort for tourists from the South. The SL Army has not obtained permission from the Divisional Council to operate the resort, and when the Council took up the matter with the SL Army, the officers claimed that it was not a resort, but only a residence for the families and the relatives of the SL Army officers.

The chairman of Vaakarai Divisional Council (Piratheasa Chapai/PS) said his Council had to intervene following repeated complaints from the people in the area of improper waste disposal from the resort.

Now, the SL military is using its personnel to transport the waste away dumping in the area.

Despite the earlier assurances from SL President Maithiripala Sirisena that SL military would hand back all public buildings it was using, the SL Army continues to occupy public buildings in the district, Tamil councillors say.

The school is functioning at another locality since the 2004 Tsunami. The students lack proper facilities and playground, the teachers said.

The fishers in the area also complain that the resort related activities of the SL Army stationed in the area were disturbing their livelihood.

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