Botanical Gardens and Public Recreation Minister Jayaratne Herath said yesterday there was no ban on lovers entering botanical gardens and parks but that they were expected to behave in a decent manner when visiting such places.
The minister said it was the fundamental right of lovers to enter these areas but they should be mindful of the presence of other visitors and should not be found misbehaving there.
“We do not want to interfere with a person’s right to enter such places. Botanical gardens are places where people can move around freely and enjoy themselves. But misbehaving will be strictly forbidden,” the minister said in a statement.
He said botanical gardens were not for visitors to pick flowers or engrave their names on trees, but they were special areas where people could enjoy and appreciate the gifts of nature and be educated about our flora and fauna and conservation projects.
“Several large scale botanical garden projects are in the pipeline for this year. Botanical Gardens at Avisawella and Sithawaka and the Safari Garden at Reedigama will be opened for the public this year. This will be followed by setting up botanical gardens in every district of country,” the minister said.(Jashika Padmasiri)
Since we have a for Botanical Gardens, do we have a minister for public toilets and drains ???
Crazy Coot Saturday, 11 January 2014 04:09 PM
Looks as if we are maintaining a minister, ministry, staff etc merely for the sake of botanical gardens which dept. already has a director general and a staff to maintain and manage them. With botanical gardens in every district, we should be able to have a ministry in every district as well. No wonder every one in SL appears to be employed!!!
Darren Monday, 13 January 2014 05:31 AM
Ok .we will .Thank you
ANTON Saturday, 11 January 2014 04:11 AM
HOPE THEY WILL NOT FIX CCTV CAMERAS IN THE PARK.
lalitha Saturday, 11 January 2014 04:19 AM
Mr. Minister, What is the difference between LOVERS and NORMAL PEOPLE? Hence, do you expect LOVERS to sit & chant on benches of the park?
Shitake Mushroom Saturday, 11 January 2014 09:46 AM
Sit and chant? Now, that is something I want to see!!!!
Ceylonese Sunday, 12 January 2014 01:18 PM
I reckon most marriages are hatched in botanical gardens before they are made in heaven. So be considerate.
Prof Hemantha Wickra Saturday, 11 January 2014 10:11 AM
This guy seems sane. Otherwise SLka is full of frustrated law enforcement officer and no two young people can sit together. Singapore is creating parks for lovers!
api lanak Sunday, 12 January 2014 02:15 PM
Exhorcist Sunday, 12 January 2014 03:53 PM
Look out may be there coming some VVIPS under cover as lovers. Boys will be boys but the girls may be mothers. Ha ha ha
Exhorcist Sunday, 12 January 2014 03:55 PM
No wonder through the guise of giving protection.
Cobra Saturday, 11 January 2014 01:22 PM
Why, the Minister is only nokiya kiyanawa ne!
Mohamed Saturday, 11 January 2014 01:25 PM
decent manner? Dear Minister what do you mean in your ministerial language for "Decent manner"
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