Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, who also represents Sri Lanka as the Chairperson of the Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO, today rejected the claims that the Galle International Cricket Stadium would be removed and said only the unauthorized pavilion inside it would be demolished.
While addressing the media at his Ministry yesterday he said the reports circulating in the media were misleading. While accepting that the Galle Fort had been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, he reiterated that they had only requested the government to remove the unauthorized pavilion at the stadium, for which a reasonable amount of time had also been given.
The Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova had also pointed out the need to remove the unauthorized pavilion for the protection of the Galle Fort during her visit to the island.
“No one has asked us to move the Galle Stadium anywhere. However, during the time of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government, nothing was taken into consideration when building this pavilion. They did not even consider the fact that this was a National Heritage Site,” Minister Kariyawasam said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)
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Comments - 6
Ram Wednesday, 25 July 2018 02:18 AM
If Galle Stadium is not to be removed, why build a new stadium without fixing the other burning issues. Health is more important. Improve all Hospitals/Schools in the Galle District
DJ Wednesday, 25 July 2018 03:02 AM
Still no clarity. Why did u wait so long to open your mouth
Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 25 July 2018 05:20 AM
Good. Most Rajapakse era structures are AUTHORIZED by Rajapakses'.
Indyd Wednesday, 25 July 2018 05:39 AM
Totally agree..Only we want is removing anything under that MAN's name..he he he.
Jude Wednesday, 25 July 2018 07:12 AM
Yeah, don't even think about it !!!
Mahesh Wednesday, 25 July 2018 11:49 AM
Let them to remove world heritage status ! I cant justify reason given by them . " remove the unauthorized pavilion for the protection of the Galle Fort" I dont think pavilion do any harm to galle fort protection.
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