|Category||Right to an adequate standard of living|
|Date of Judgment||10-10-2014|
|Link / Attachment||https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/four-34-watta-residents-settle-case-against-uda-getting-two-houses-each/|
In the case filed by 4 residents from 34 Watta in Wanathamulla, a predominantly low income residential area in Colombo, against the Urban Development Authority and other respondents challenging the directive issued by the UDA ordering them to move from their homes to an alternative location without following legal process, the Court of Appeal today heard the matter and listed it to be taken up as an urgent matter tomorrow Tuesday (September 23rd).
After the case was filed, on the suggestion of the Appeal Court, the four residents and the UDA entered into discussions to arrive at a settlement. The parties agreed on a settlement, the terms of which were signed on the 2nd of October 2014.
When the case was taken up on 10th of October 2014, court was informed that the petitioners had indicated that they were agreeable to withdraw their case, subject to the terms of settlement dated 2ndOctober 2014 that were filed in court. The court accepted those terms as the basis for settlement and made order.
In terms of the settlement, each of the petitioners were to be given 2 condominium units valued at Rs. 2,000,000 from “Methsara Uyana” apartment complex. The parties agreed to pay for each such condominium unit a monthly installment of Rs. 2777.00 (i.e. an aggregate of Rs. 5554.00) over a period of 30 years. In addition, the petitioners amicably agreed to make payment of Rs. 50000 per condominium to the Condominium Management Authority in six equal consecutive monthly installment of Rs. 8333.00 each.
The court ordered that the case is pro forma dismissed (dismissed as a matter of form and not because the case lacked merit) without costs.