Govt apologises for delays in building Amaradeva Asapuwa
By Thameenah Razeek
While apologising for failing to build the ‘Amaradeva Asapuwa’ music ashram on time, Cabinet Spokesman Dullas Alahapperuma said the Department of Cultural Affairs assumed full responsibility for the project roughly six months ago.
He explained yesterday (22) at the weekly cabinet briefing at the Government Information Department the initiative was commenced by the Department of Government Information, but the Rs 200 million in funding and all other Amaradeva Asapuwa-related activities were later transferred to the Department of Cultural Affairs.
When asked as to why the Government had turned a blind eye to the construction of the music ashram in memory of late veteran musician Pandit Dr. W.D. Amaradeva, the minister expressed regret and announced that they would seek the Prime Minister’s attention to complete the building’s construction.
Former President Maithripala Sirisena laid the foundation stone for the ‘Amaradewa Asapuwa,’ in 2019 at Ape Gama complex in Battaramulla, with the Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The Amaradewa Asapuwa was to be erected on 120 perches of land, as Maestro Amaradewa desired. The construction, estimated to cost Rs 200 million, was initially scheduled to be finished in the first quarter of 2019.