At the Coordinating Committee meeting of Dehiwala – Mount Lavinia Municipal Council held yesterday, (02 September) Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faiszer Musthapha ordered the Planning committee of Dehiwala – Mt-Lavinia Municipal Council also to be summoned to the next Coordinating Committee of Dehiwala. The Committee Meeting was held under the patronage of the Co – Chairmen Minister Faiszer Musthapha and the former opposition leader of the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council Mrs.SunethraRanasinghe.
At the meeting issuespertaining to the constructions approved by the Planning Committee of the Dehiwala – Mount Lavinia Municipal Council were discussed. Issues such as not havingproper sewage systems for the flat houses and constructing flats exceeding the approved number of stories were highlighted. Minister Musthapha questioned the Municipal Commissioner as to the facts and issues in such regard. Minister Faiszer Musthapha directed him to haltthe constructions with issues until a proper investigation regarding the facts is performed.
Addressing the gathering Minister Musthapha said “Each member of the Planning committee is responsible regarding this matter. Therefore summon them to the next committee meeting. The public as well as some politicians had complained to me that there are a lot of issues in those plans. If a majority point out that an issue exists, we must pay attention to it. Government officers should win the trust of the public by offering their best services. That is when the public will respect them. The past is past. I do not criticize former politicians. However, we should find solutions as soon as possible. If not the public will lose their trust and respect towards Government officers”