The Wellawatte building that collapsed was an unauthorised construction and serious legal action will be taken against the perpetrators, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said. Minister Ranawaka said that the primary survey was conducted by the Engineers Corporation had revealed that the building collapsed due to structural failure. Addressing the media today at the Ministry, he pointed out that building on strips of lands adjacent to canals was illegal.
He said that although the owner had got approval for a housing plan in 2009 he had not obtained the compliance certificate for the building. Later, he had turned it into a reception hall and extended the building area utilizing the canal bank. “The portion that collapsed was built adjacent to the originally approved building and that was being constructed in the canal reservation area”, he said. The Minister said that he had written to the Inspector General of Police to take legal action under the penal code against the owner.
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