Video: BBS flays Govt. on Wilpattu housing project

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The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Organisation today lashed out at President Mahinda Rajapaksa and government officials for keeping mum about a large scale housing complex being constructed in the middle of the Wilpattu National Park.

It said there was evidence to prove that some unscrupulous elements in the government were backing this illegal project which was bound to destroy a national treasure and that the BBS would take the matter to courts shortly.

The organisation claimed that the huge housing project was being carried out with funds received from a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) based in a Middle Eastern country with the backing of a minister.  

“A project of this nature has to be carried out with the involvement of several ministers such as those of the Environment and Renewable Energy Ministry and the Wildlife Resources Conservation Ministry because this project is located within a National Park. The National Heritage Ministry should be responsible because of valuable artefacts that might be destroyed because of the construction work. Ministries of Finance and Planning and External Affairs and even the security forces should not keep silent on important matters such as this,” BBS General Secretary the Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera told a news conference today.

He said the BBS had requested a meeting with the President to discuss this matter.

 “But we haven’t received a reply so far. The Construction, Engineering Service, Housing and Common Amenities Minister, who should resolve these concerns is also silent,” the Thera charged.

According to the BBS, the minister who is backing the project has received funds from an NGO.  “Even the Regional office of the Central Environmental Authority has said this project would destroy the forest. If the authorities are resettling people it should be carried out in a proper manner and in a proper place, not illegally in the heartland of a valuable forest reserve,” the Thera said. (Lahiru Pothmulla and Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • ABC Tuesday, 01 April 2014 06:46 PM

    No other places to construct houses? via DM Android App

    M.Muttha Tuesday, 01 April 2014 07:15 PM

    Has an environmental assessment done on this project? Is it within the Wilpattu Forest reserve? If the answers are YES this project should not be permitted. A short sighted/myopic minister should be allowed to have his way for political benefits. This minister is known to be another Merv in Mannar. via DM iPad app

    Dila Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:53 AM

    This is good work from BBS after all!!! Keep it up via DM Android App

    Ranjith Silva Wednesday, 02 April 2014 04:18 AM

    Pls publish the Date as we would like to join and show the strength.

    Ashvini Wednesday, 02 April 2014 04:40 AM

    Really sad to know that the government is not even considerate to protect the valuables of our nation.

    gona Wednesday, 02 April 2014 06:56 PM

    Please check if BBS telling truth .if true take action. If false take action BBS . That simple. via DM iPad app


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