Government to compensate for land acquired by military in northeast

Sept 13, Colombo: The Minister of Land and Land Development Janaka Bandara Tennakoon has said that  steps have been initiated to compensate the owners of the lands that were acquired by the military to set up camps in the Northern and Eastern Provinces.

The Minister pointed out that the government had already paid compensations to some lands. A total of Rs. 57.3 million was paid to 56 land owners recently as compensation for 78 acres acquired by the military.

The land was acquired in the period between 1985 and 1987 at Karainagar in the Northern Province to establish a Navy camp.

The land owners were not compensated for 25 years, the Minister said.

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