'Upgrade Puttalam VC to Municipal Council'
Puttalam Urban Council adopted a resolution to upgrade the Urban
Council to a Municipal Council at its monthly meeting of November.
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Member of Puttalam Urban Council, M T M
Ameen, told the Council that for more than two centuries this Local
Authority has remained in the status of an Urban Council, despite the
fact that many Urban Councils, even Pradeshiya Sabhas too have been
upgraded to Municipal Councils.
He further pointed out that actions are under way to upgrade the
Chilaw and Kuliyapitiya Urban Councils of the North Western Province and
when those councils are upgraded Puttalam Urban Council should be the
third one in the North Western Province to be upgraded.
Puttalam Urban Council Opposition Leader A O Alikhan said the
Puttalam Urban Council is the largest Local Authority and it's time the
Council to be upgraded as a Municipal Council. By its size and all other
aspects, Puttalam Urban Council deserves the upgrading. He emphasized
that Mullipuram and Rathmalyaya, which lie, at present, within the
limits of Puttalam Pradeshiya Sabha be included within the new Municipal
Chairman K A Baiz, concluding the proposal told the Council that he
has already discussed the matter with the NWP Chief Minister and Local
Government and Provincial Council's Minister A L M Athaullah.
As the Urban Councils of Kuliyapitiya and Chilaw have already applied
for the upgrading as Municipal Councils. Puttalam Urban Council is the
third one to adopt such a proposal for upgrading.