A jogging track constructed by the previous government at Wattala was destroyed on Saturday night to the dismay of area residents'
Residents said the track had been removed to build a road at the behest of a property developer with political connections'
The Wattala police" contacted for comment" said that they knew nothing about incident'
Meanwhile" Media Spokesman for the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development Dhanushka Ramanayake said that the jogging track had been removed in line with a plan to widen a road leading to a canal reservation'
˜Once the development work is completed the government will take action to construct the track again"˜ he said'
He said the contract to widen the road leading to the canal reservation had been given to a private contractor' It was a mistake on the part of the contractor not to inform the general public before taking the decision to remove the jogging track" he said'