Deforested area not inside Udawalawa National Park: Wildlife Dept.

15 September 2020 09:11 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


While rejecting the social media post on the alleged deforestation of forty acres in the Udawalawa National Park, Wildlife Conservation Department's Director General G.C. Sooriyabandara said the area was not within the borders of the Udawalawa National Park.

He told Daily Mirror though people claimed this area came under the Udawalawa National Park, according to the gazette notice it was not so.

According to the area official, the deforested area belonging to the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devala had been leased out under the Vihara Dewalagam Act.

The leases son who is a doctor had cleared the forest area.

“This area is a mile away from the buffer zones of the National Park. However, it was an elephant corridor,” Mr. Sooriyabandara said.(Chaturanga Samarawickrama and Rohana Samaraweera)

  Comments - 4

  • sacre blieu Wednesday, 16 September 2020 09:49 AM

    However, the remaining forests cover has dwindled to such a low perilous state that even border areas also should be immediately conserved. Some , due to strange patronage, appear to continue to devastate and rape the forests and even those who are responsive for supervision and conservation, appear to be lethargic and may even be conniving with some of these criminals.

    Rohitha de Silva Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:11 PM

    Is it not within Sri lanka too?

    Sando Wednesday, 16 September 2020 05:24 PM

    Elephant corridor is equally vital. The HEC will escalate...DWLC must act.

    Dr No Thursday, 17 September 2020 12:03 AM

    Doctor, do no harm, not just to your patients.

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