June 10, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has mediated personally to resolve a conflict between a local government and a school.
The Chairman of Lindula - Talawakelle Urban Council Ashoka Sepala said that the President personally phoned him and directed to suspend the construction of a shopping complex in a land adjacent to the Talawakelle Tamil School.
The Talawakelle Tamil School community protested the Urban Council for attempting to build a cluster of 30 shops in the town.
The school claims the ownership of the land and the school community held a protest in Talawakelle town on June 06. The students blocked the Hatton - Nuwara Eliya main road during school hours from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Urban Council members accused the Livestock and Rural Community Development Minister Arumugam Thondaman of persuading the students to boycott classes and demonstrate against the construction of the shopping complex.
The Minister was present with the school community today as they celebrated when the Urban Council announced the suspension of the construction of the shopping complex.