Gem-mining in Kantale tank banned

31 October 2012 06:28 am - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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National Gem and Jewellery Authority Director General Nimal Bandara said Police and Army teams have been deployed in the vicinity of the Kantale Tank to prevent villagers from damaging it in their rush to collect gems.

Mr. Bandara said any excavation or mining of the tank has been temporarily stopped as it could incur heavy damages to the tank.

More than 1000 people started hunting for gems on the bank of Kantale tank following rumours of several gems that are reported to have surfaced following the heavy rains several days ago.

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  • Kakki Stone Wednesday, 31 October 2012 07:01 AM

    they are just taking an evening stroll picking pebbles how the hell is that illegal.... now when the bigwigs brings in monster earth movers and start mining that will be ok ? the small man gets battered even at difficult times.. no mercy

    Mike Thursday, 01 November 2012 01:39 PM

    gem mining should be banned in sri lanka. we dont have to kill the mother nature just to take a small piece of stone.

    Black Mamba Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:55 AM

    As usual the authorities have rushed into the scene of the 'gem rush' to make a kill!


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