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Army Troops Take Lead in Cleaning Trouble-Torn Digana-Kengalle Road Patch

Members of the Security Force Headquarters, Central (SFHQ-Cen) of the Army who have now been entrusted the arduous challenge of rebuilding and renovating all damaged properties in the recent communal riot-affected areas of Digana, Akurana, Galaha, Katugastota, Menikhinna, Ambetenna, Poojapitiya and a few other places in the Kandy district formally commenced clean-up work on both sides of Kandy- Mahiyangana road this morning (16).

More than 250 Army personnel, including officers Friday (16) morning, commenced collecting and piling up of debris and other paraphernalia of damaged properties, burnt remnants, etc on the directions of Major General Nissanka Ranawana, General Officer Commanding, 11 Division. After all assessments, Major General Rukmal Dias, Commander, SF-Cen has earmarked damaged properties along the 5-km long road patch between Digana town and Kengalla, to begin with giving priority attention.

HE the President Maithripala Sirisena a few days ago directed the Secretary Defence Mr Kapila Waidyaratne, Admiral Ravindra C Wijegunaratne, Chief of Defence Staff and the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake to immediately undertake repairs to affected areas with the support of tri-service personnel when the former in Kandy attended a meeting of religious and civil leaders.

SFHQ-Cen troops in close coordination with several monks in the area and officials at the Kundasale Divisional Secretariat conducted those cleaning projects before repairs are started.