Noting that the remaining land would be released under a five year plan, Brig. Atapattu had added that 80% of the land which remained under military control in the region was released to their original owners by July 31, 2018.
16,115 acres and 3185 acres in the North and East provinces respectively, still remain under military control.
Out of the 16,115 acres in the North, only 2561 acres have private ownership. In the East, the unreleased land area with private ownership is just 60 acres, the Army spokesman adds.
The Army has handed over 4.2 acres in the central Kankasanthurai area on Aug. 22 to be distributed among their private owners.
The Brigadier emphasised that no military camp would be closed down under this programme and what would happen is these camps would come under the existing brigades.