Ban on constructions above 5000 ft

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The government is to ban the construction of houses and buildings on land 5000 feet above the mean sea level in a bid to protect the sensitive environmental zones rich in water resources.

Addressing the heads of 42 local authorities in the Central Province, Environment Minister Anura Priyadharsana Yapa said that there is a need to pass legislation to protect the forest cover that formed the catchments areas of reservoirs.

He said that the haphazard clearing of forest cover in the upcountry hills for housing is a matter of serious concern. This has caused extensive damage to the water resources and the catchment areas of major reservoirs earth slips. Measures are being taken to pass legislation to prohibit the building of houses and other buildings in areas 5000ft above the mean sea level.” (Mohamed Asik )

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  • Faqi Friday, 17 December 2010 04:27 PM

    How about new tourist hotels being built in areas the are over 5K above sea level? One cannot pass blanket laws such as this without impacting the lives of people living in these areas.

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    Vernon Friday, 17 December 2010 08:29 AM

    Does it mean that no buildings are allowed around Nuwareliya region which has a height over 6100 ft?

    Mee Haraka Sunday, 19 December 2010 05:38 PM

    This foolish minister, who in his previous ministry made a fool of himself, is trying to help our enemy countries by his foolish diktat. Our enemies do not wish to see any sign of development in this country. This fool must take a look at the skyline of Mumbai and other Indian cities. We Lankans must be a cursed race to have guys like these to rule over us!

    Kari Friday, 17 December 2010 08:42 AM

    Please advice your politicians first not to encroach these lands to have their holiday bungalows.

    krishna Saturday, 18 December 2010 12:55 PM

    These people only knows to ban every thing.

    NAIDE Friday, 17 December 2010 08:54 AM


    mallie Friday, 17 December 2010 09:02 AM

    What about "Building Palaces in Air"..definitely it must be above Pidurutalagala which is 8281 feet (otherwise there can be mid-air collisions )

    micky Friday, 17 December 2010 09:05 AM

    6100 is grater than 5000

    Shirangika Friday, 17 December 2010 09:11 AM

    What about the high ranking officer who has built a holiday home in the knuckles range on 80 acres of Forest reservation?

    xlntgson Friday, 17 December 2010 09:39 AM

    What to do with the present blockage?

    Bluff Bluff Friday, 17 December 2010 09:48 AM

    Just find out who actually do those haphazard clearings of the forest cover!

    manel Friday, 17 December 2010 09:52 AM

    No more farms in hill country!!!

    Hareesz Friday, 17 December 2010 09:48 AM

    What is there to stop. Already they have encroached

    mohamed Iqbal Friday, 17 December 2010 09:51 AM

    Then what ban for Minister's building and houses. its more than 5000 feet. |When it will be demolish before implying this new rules.

    Nadaraja Friday, 17 December 2010 10:01 AM

    so it mean demolished the BOC and twin tower, is look like more then specified. LETS do that Mr. Minister, we r behind u.

    lal Friday, 17 December 2010 10:17 AM

    How about Nuwaraeliya??????/

    micky Friday, 17 December 2010 10:23 AM

    5000 ft means height from sea level. Not the height of the building

    ggggg Saturday, 18 December 2010 04:35 AM

    lol haha

    Ruvan Friday, 17 December 2010 11:39 AM

    Except for Politicians and their Cronies!

    sxhabeeb Saturday, 18 December 2010 06:32 AM

    yes or nor. that depend on the royal clans calculation.

    Dee Saturday, 18 December 2010 06:46 AM

    Only for a 'selected few'

    Oyage sudu kella Friday, 17 December 2010 12:34 PM

    Aiyo .... I just thought of building my holiday home in Nuwara Eliya.... How sad.....

    Mahi Friday, 17 December 2010 01:53 PM

    hey, sky limit is only for food prices.

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