Road opening: I get death threats: Asgiriya Mahanayake

2016-02-25 12:18:09

Asgiriya Chapter Mahanayake Ven. Galagama Sri Atthadassi Thera said yesterday he was intimidated with death threats from various factions as he objected to the reopening of the road opposite the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.

“I receive letters from various factions threatening me with death,” the thera said.

The Thera, making a special statement, said that he and Asgiriya Chapter were strongly objected to the reopening of the road and that even President Maithripala Sirisena was of the same opinion.

“I objected to the reopening of the road from the beginning. Why are they in such a hurry to open the road? The traffic congestion will get worse, if it was opened. Lots of people including foreigners gather around these roads. So, how vehicles could be allowed to use the road,” the Thera asked.

Ven. Atthadassi Thera said if the road was opened by force, they could do nothing and added that however, the President said a few months ago that the road would not be opened and asked to propose alternative roads.

The Thera said alternative roads -such as subways-should be constructed instead of opening the road.(J.A.L. Jayasinghe)


  Comments - 6

  • Kalhari Thursday, 25 February 2016 12:55

    It is high time for these Mahanayakas to think about the welfare of the ordinary people. Only the Mahanayakas and the politicians are allowed to use this road at present. Why not open it to ordinary people as well.

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    Sam Thursday, 25 February 2016 13:21

    No one uses the road at present - it is completely fenced off owing to the bomb attack that took place.

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    Thanos Thursday, 25 February 2016 13:04

    That road was open until 1998. I remember since my childhood. It is time it was re-opened. This is simply to reduce the inconvenience for the commuters in Kandy.

    Reply : 1       1

    lali Thursday, 25 February 2016 13:34

    Pathetic. NGO supporters are responsible.

    Reply : 2       0

    Potty Thursday, 25 February 2016 13:42

    Freedom of movement is a fundamental right. One all roads now!

    Reply : 2       0

    CITIZEN Friday, 26 February 2016 10:39

    Come on Gommanpila, here is another subject for a Media Conference. Quickly summon one.

    Reply : 0       2

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