Sri Lanka Army

Defender of the Nation

Published on - 1/19/2005


The latest Ranaviru Village at Kuliyapitiya, meant for differently-able Army personnel was declared open Tuesday (18) morning by Deputy Chief of Staff Major General Susil Chandrapala.\r\n\r\nThe site for construction at Marbelton Estate at Dandagamuwa west on Pannala Road in Kuliyapitiya was donated to the Sri Lanka Army by its owner Mr. Devendra Madavan of Demasu Property Sales Ltd who extols priceless services of the Armed Forces. With the Kuliyapitiya project, the Army has hitherto distributed 1051 houses in 23 Ranaviru Villages across the country among next of kin of fallen heroes and those turned disable in the war.\r\n\r\nDeeds for those four new houses, built by the Ranaviru Housing Fund in four separate eleven-perch blocks were ceremonially handed over to selected recipients, Trooper M. M. U Bandara of 1 Sri Lanka Armoured Corps, Lance Corporal K P Saman of 4 Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment, Corporal M. M. A Wimalaweera of 1 Commando Regiment and Sergeant W. H. P Wijetunga of 1 Special Forces who are now differently-able after the war. \r\n\r\nMajor General Susil Chandrapala, who graced the occasion as Chief Guest during his brief address said that it is the bounden duty of all citizens in the country to take care of all disable soldiers who had sacrificed best part of their lives on behalf of the country.\r\n\r\n“It is the soldier, who is regarded as the live-wire of a nation but it is a pity that some tend to forget their services once the war is over. All those now enjoying prospects of peace should therefore remember that steps should be implemented to safeguard welfare interests of disable soldiers as well as next of kin of soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice for protection of the motherland. No one would be able to escape from that responsibility either. They have died or become disable exclusively to create a better tomorrow for us, ” said Major General Chandrapala.\r\n\r\nMrs. Sonia Kottegoda, President, Army Seva Vanitha Unit whose organization is in the lead for such housing projects, a host of Senior Army Officers and relatives of the recipients attended the ceremony.\r\n