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UDA, others trying to blame KMC: Mayor

The building which collapsed in Buwelikada recently, killing three, including an infant. (File photo)
The building which collapsed in Buwelikada recently, killing three, including an infant. (File photo)

Kandy Mayor Kesara Senanayake on Thursday said the Urban Development Authority (UDA) has approved plans for the construction of large buildings in hilly terrains and slopes disregarding the request made by the Kandy Municipal Council (KMC).

He said that the presence of an Urban Development Authority representative in the Planning Committee has been made compulsory. This committee has been tasked with granting approvals for building plans within the purview of the Kandy Municipal Council. “The plans are approved by this committee after thorough evaluation and these decisions are not unilateral. The Urban Development Authority is trying to put the blame on us, if something goes wrong,” he said

The Mayor was speaking at the Council’s monthly meeting on Thursday.

He expressed regret that the Urban Development Authority and several other parties are pointing fingers at the Kandy Municipal Council over the collapse of the building at Buwelikada killing three persons including an infant. He said that Council requires a building plan approved by the National Building Research Organisation and other documents before approval is given for the construction of a building within the Municipal limit.

“The Council sends a technical officer to the location for inspection after the verification of the documents and the relevant plan by the Council officials,” he said.

He said that chartered architects who design the building plans and contractors and engineers who are responsible for the construction should ensure that these buildings are constructed in conformity with set standards. Mayor Senanayake told the Council that some people have made additions to the buildings after the plans are approved by the Council and some have constructed buildings blocking drainage and waterways.