Environment committee wants Sinharaja road closed

30 November 2011 03:24 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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A 12-member committee appointed to look into the construction of a controversial roadway from Ilumbakanda to Suriyakanda said to be endangering the the Sinharaja National World Heritage Site (NWHS) has recommended that the construction of proposed roadway should be stopped.

The committee headed by Peradeniya University Professor Nimal Gunatilaka had handed over its report to Environment Authority (CEA) Chairman Charitha Herath.

“Based on the ecological importance of the area through which the proposed road development takes place and its ecologically contiguous nature to the Sinharaja NWHS, it has been proposed that the road development should not be undertaken,” the committee has recommended. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

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  • eresh S kumara Thursday, 01 December 2011 05:27 AM

    This should be stopped

    Aru Thursday, 01 December 2011 05:50 AM

    Better late than never. Profs Nimal and Savithri were the pioneer Sinharaja researchers and know fully well the sensitivity of the area and the destruction the proposed road would cause.

    Jamis Banda Thursday, 01 December 2011 07:18 AM

    I hope that the people also will be educated on why it needs to be stopped. How the eco system is effected. If not, our 'less knowladgable' people will think that some people are trying to stop development. Little they know the power of destruction.

    Mahinda Thursday, 01 December 2011 01:59 AM

    recomendation report was out, after the damage is being done already !


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