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Knuckles range: Minister wants report on area marked for development

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Amid allegations that plans are afoot to acquire land from the Knuckles range, Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera is reported to have sought a detailed report on the area earmarked for development work.

Earlier, the Malwatte Chapter Maha Nayake the Most. Ven. Thibbatuwave Sidartha Sri Sumangala Thera raised concerns about plans to acquire land from the forest reserve for various purposes.

The matter had come up for discussion at yesterday's Cabinet meeting. Minister Amaraweera had requested Highways and Higher Education Minister Kabir Hashim to submit details about the lands to be acquired. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Observer Wednesday, 06 June 2018 06:50 AM

    Development? There is nothing to develop at Knuckles. This is nature's property. Do not touch!

    ANTON Wednesday, 06 June 2018 07:09 AM

    SRILANKAN ENVIRONMENT DAY MASSAGE ....."CUT THOUSAND TREES IN THE FORESTS AND PLANT ONE TREE IN COLOMBO"

    lkboy Wednesday, 06 June 2018 02:15 PM

    So much for "sustainable development" ...!

    ravin Wednesday, 06 June 2018 07:10 AM

    Minister of highways and higher education acquiring land from knuckles range? Are there any highways going across knuckles range? or any education institute setting up in knuckles range?.or simply setting up a institutel for lunatics at diyawanna?

    Saradiel Wednesday, 06 June 2018 07:29 AM

    Development is fine. However destruction of our natural resources in the name of development is not acceptable. The news we have seen so far are not good at all. Worse is, so far no one has said anything positive about the move or even tried to explain it.

    Summa Wednesday, 06 June 2018 07:51 AM

    Why a highway minister has to provide details ? Out of 100-odd ministers, do we really don't have a minister responsible for forest conservation ? Or is it that one is eating Wilpattu and this guy wants to eat Knuckles ?

    Raj Wednesday, 06 June 2018 08:28 AM

    It's very sad because the land were acquired from the original owner saying it's marked for knuckles reservation and now giving it to all politicians catchers.... I am too a affected party .....

    Ryan Wednesday, 06 June 2018 08:41 AM

    Doing this will be final nail on the coffin of mother lanka.

    Man Wednesday, 06 June 2018 09:01 AM

    Good effects of Yahapalanaya of two different parties.

    Brainmaster Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:27 PM

    So stupide. Keep at least some unspoiled nature in our country. via DM Android App

    Hubert Wednesday, 06 June 2018 06:19 PM

    This is an invaluable region it is for posterity no one has the right to exploit its violation and should be punished under the forest ordinance


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