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 Post subject: Kirioruwa - A Village With No Road
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 3:54 am 
Kirioruwa progress held back by lack of road


By Lalith Dissanayeka
Daily Mirror 22MAR2005


Residents of Kirioruwa, a village off Viyaluwa at Soranatota is facing severe hardships due to numerous shortcomings.

Surrounded by Narangla hills, Kirioruwa is a historic village with large stretches of paddy fields. About four hundred families living in the village still use the narrow footpath, through through all types of rough terrain. This remains a serious obstacle for the villagers to carry their produce to the market and to bring home their needs.

The children attending the National School at Kandegedara have to walk about three miles to and from school daily.

Former Village Headman's son R.M.Sisira Atula Bandara (43) is one of the two government servants in the village, the other being the Samurdhi Development officer in the area. Atula Bandara narrating the history of the village said

" Kirioruwa is a historic village that consists of several divisions called Gedarakumbura, Helagama, Pahalagama, Galpattiya, and Palliyapattiya. Galpattiya is the abode of cattle while Palliyapattiya the pasture grounds. In the stream that flows through the village is a large stone canoe that is said to have been used by cattle farmers to leave their excess milk.

The village Headman would collect the milk in the canoe and distribute it among the villagers. This is the convention behind the name of the village the history of which runs as far back as the time of ancient kings. The village has not developed due to inaccessibility but the authorities have not paid any attention to this burning problem."

“The village is rich in resources, but are left untapped without any benefit to the villagers. A bag of cement priced at Rs.500/- at Badulla costs Rs.1000/- in the village. Politicians who come here during election campaigns give us various promises that would never be fulfilled. Wild pigs and gray monkeys destroy our crops. About 3000 gray monkeys frequent the village but the officials have not issued a single gun to the village.

Gedarakumbura at Kirioruwa is still well known in Udapalatha for astrology and Ayurvedic treatment.

" The water courses irrigating the fields in the village have not been maintained and the main canal is in a state of disrepair resulting in a colossal waste of water that submerges even the road at times. If a person walking along the flooded road is swept into the canal he would end up in the Dunhinda falls", Mr. Bandara said.

A retired teacher R.M.D.B.Ratnayake said that he was appointed a teacher of Kirioruwa Vidyalaya in 1972 at the age of 24 and there were 125 students on roll at the time, but today the school had only 12 students despite all facilities.

A young farmer in the village R.M.Nimal Karunatilleka (30) complained of the problems concerning agriculture in the area.

" I have to carry my produce on foot to the edge of the village and from there to Badulla at a high cost. As a result I cannot compete with farmers from elsewhere.
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