Job security for Water's Edge employees
The Urban Development Authority will introduce a programme to benefit
Water's Edge employees who are laid off and in risk losing their jobs
after the ownership of the
224-acre Water's Edge land was officially handed back to the State
from developer Asia Pacific Golf Course Pvt. Limited following a Supreme
Court ruling that the sale and the acqusisition of the property to the
latter was illegal.
There are 550 employees whose jobs are threatned and we are are
looking at their problem humanely, said the Chairman of Urban
Development Autho-rity(UDA), Dr. Prathap Ramanujum on being asked what
will be the fate of those laid off employees at their recently acquired
"This is a human issue we are going to address for the benefit of
these employees although we are not bound by any legal obligation to
provide them with jobs or anything," he said.
Asked how they plan to help Water's Edge Employees, Dr. Ramanujam
said , " The Minister of Urban Development Dinesh Gunawardena had
appointed a Committee comprising officials of the Central Environment
Authority , The UDA and the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development
Corporation (SLLR&DC) to devise a master plan for the development of
the property in which we plan to accommodate a scheme for the benefit of
Asked whether the UDA will pay compensation to the affected employees
, he answered in the affirmative. " The jobs of skilled workers may be
preserved," said. Dr. Ramanujam who is also the the chairman of the
Committee. He said, the UDA will introduce a specific scheme for the
employess in its master plan, which it plans to complete in a month.
The Committee is in the process of submitting project proposals to
devise the master plan for the development of the property at Water's
Edge, in which we plan to accommodate a scheme to compensate the
employees by various means, he added.
"The Master Plan will be submitted to the Supreme Courts," he said.
The UDA is due to take over the property on February 8 next year in
accordance with the Supreme Court ruling. Dr. Ramanujam said , the
committee met twice to discuss the master plan .
The committee comprises UDA General Manager Prasanna Silva, Sri Lanka
Land Reclamation and Development Corporation Chairman Karunasena
Hettiarachchi, and General Manager Shyama Gunawardena, Central
Environment Authority Chairman Udaya Gammanpila and Director General