Govt. minister in moves to demolish 13th century assembly hall

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Former megapolis Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday alleged that a government higher-up was involved in demolishing the 13th-century assembly hall used by King Buwenekabahu II in Kurunegala while the mayor of the area was being blamed for it.

“We have reason to believe there is a minister behind the move to demolish the ancient building without the approval of the Department of Archaeology,” he said.

Mr. Ranawaka said the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) will take action against those who were behind the demolition which he described as a crime.

“The building is being demolished to provide room for someone to construct a hotel in the area and wants the road widened,” he said. “I was in charge of the Urban Development Authority (UDA) during the previous government and never destroyed any archaeologically valuable sites but instead safeguarded them,” he added.

Meanwhile, Archaeology Department's Director-General Prof. Senarath Dissanayake said he had information that a portion of the building was in danger but action had not been taken to preserve it and had called for a report from the area office of the Archaeological Department on this matter.  (Yohan Perera)

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  • Renu Saturday, 18 July 2020 10:04 AM

    Anyone responsible must be arrested , charged, and no bail given and if proved must go to jail with maximum punishment

    Ups Saturday, 18 July 2020 11:00 AM

    When consider history of leader of SJB on archeology,which came under his preview as minister of cultural affairs,he turned blind eye,when MuJudu maha vihara, Guru vihara, Mawanella stutues, issues had risen ,while losing a lot of votes,even now you can correct it ,if give strong fight on Kurunegala current issue

    San Saturday, 18 July 2020 12:03 PM

    Crooks we going to elect again???

    Rohini Jansen Saturday, 18 July 2020 02:34 PM

    just check who or who the invester who submitted the development application for the hotel and you will catch the culprit simple as that. come on DM you can get this info as well from the local government authority and publish it for the readers.

    vithura Saturday, 18 July 2020 03:47 PM

    Archaeology Dept bogey was created to stake manufactured claims and arrogate lands in Tamil areas of north and east, it has little or no use in areas which are already Sinhala.

    Jayampathy Sunday, 19 July 2020 07:31 AM

    See who are the candidates funded by the hotel owner. But don't think the correct list will come out as now as all big shots are in same side.

    Sam Monday, 20 July 2020 07:28 AM

    They seem to be very capable people to do their work even late at night. They certainly deserve a 2/3rd majority.


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