I am a tourist from Sweden working for a conservation agency. I have
been visiting Mount Lavinia for many years, and I like the sun, the
beach and the sea like all tourists. I feel at home in the charming town
of Mount, a treasure within: small and colourful lanes, cosy houses, a
rich vegetation, parrots tumbling through the skies, a variety of very
pleasant and trustworthy guesthouses, not expensive, with a faithful and
loyal clientele, who very often are guests for many years.
You make friends easily and I got used to the “malu” and “vegee”
vendors, enriching my modest cuisine. I enjoy the manifold restaurants
and affordable pubs in the evening, with a cool sea breeze and beautiful
sea views, often having meals together with Sinhala and Tamil neighbours
and friends. And if I need urbanity, Colombo is near with all its
glitter and historical places. All in all - a quiet and pleasant place,
a paradise at the Indian Ocean - only 45 minutes away from the airport.
Unfortunately there is a disturbing development in Mount Lavinia and
Dehiwala ongoing: Multi-storied apartment buildings are mushrooming,
destroying the traditional coastal areas in the vicinity of the famous
Mount Lavinia Hotel. Quick constructions at De Saram Road, Beach Road
and vicinity are examples of this deplorable development.
Within 14 months two, six storey buildings have been brought up and
the ground works for another six to eight storey buildings have started
in Samudra (Sea) Road. Have the Urban Development Authority, the
Department of Town and Country Planning, the Coast Conservation
Department and/or related administrative units been informed about that?
Or are the same mistakes which Spain did at the beginning of the mass
tourist era in the early 1960s, being done, when large coastal regions
at the Mediterranean Sea have been destroyed by a multi-storey apartment
architecture, not at all matching with the coastal geography, nor with
the needs and wishes of its people and visitors. How are you going to
implement the Coast Conservation Act of 1981?
Residents of Mount Lavinia have protested many times against this
urban cancer (in vain!). See the construction material alone, it is of
such a poor quality, that already after a few years one can see the
decaying shape these buildings are in. “Tomorrow’s slums”, as Lavinia
residents already say today. No wonder as the majority of these
buildings are half empty throughout the year. Why is the government not
taking the necessary steps to avoid a further negative development?
According to my knowledge the authorities have the power to give the
permission to construct four storey buildings, but only after a profound
analysis of geological and sociological settings, in order to protect
the environment and its people and to ensure a homogenous growing of
And the main question which moves all of us is, where will this
beautiful island be in 10 or 20 years? Do we have then a Sri Lankan
coast without face and character and paradise is lost forever?
So far, no leader in the UNP or JVP has been successful, in gaining
power with the majority of votes in any province or any Pradeshiya
Sabha. It’s really unfortunate to hear that the JVP as well as the UNP
have shattered and divided, causing inconvenience in the political
Both leaders in the JVP and UNP should immediately think twice of the
needs and requirements of the country.
H L Sunil Shantha
The Computer education should be introduced to the pirivena students
at their earlier stage as it will be a great advantage in future to
novice monks to step into the developed world. The Education Ministry
should take necessary measures to promote the computer education in
urban areas as well as in remote areas in Pirivena Institutions.
Ven Munindawansa Thera
Media reported recently that the Health Minister has appealed to Sri
Lankan born, educated doctors who are working overseas to return home.
They are not here in Sri Lanka due to other reasons which also should be
In 2012 the second medical college in Peradeniya will celebrate its
50th anniversary. From those in the batch, I gathered that only one of
them has returned to Kandy but the others are not.