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Devani’s gift to Sinharaja

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Gampaha District Forest Officer Devani Jayathilaka has expressed her desire on Facebook to exchange the only block of land she owns with a land in Lankagama and gift it to the Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Responding to the request from Devani, many have joined her, expressing their wishes to exchange their lands for lands in Lankagama for the same purpose.

The Forest Officer recently engaged in a controversial strong argument with Sanath Nishantha a state minister in the present government, against a proposal to construct a playground, destroying an expanse of mangroves, in Negombo.

She has made a post on her Facebook page asking for anyone willing to exchange a land from Lankagama in order to enable her to donate to it to the Sinharaja Reserve.

Responding to a question she said, at first she thought of growing a small forest on her land in the Kegalle District. But now, she thinks it is more useful to assign a block of land to the Sinharaja Reserve by exchanging her land in Kegalle to one in Lankagama.

She also says that as it is not possible for her to do anything to protect the Sinharaja Forest Reserve while engaged in duties in the Gampaha District, she has taken this decision. (Diana Udayangani)

  Comments - 9

  • UniDon Thursday, 03 September 2020 07:36 AM

    Agonism at its best! What a brilliant woman. What a challenge for many of us. Thank you Madam.

    Mm Thursday, 03 September 2020 07:46 AM

    She is amazing!! Mr. President may be good in many things but when it comes to what’s best for our wildlife, forests and nature I have my doubts because people like Sanath Nishantha were allowed to run a-mock and ALLOWED HIM TO BE A STATE MINISTER !!!

    ajith Thursday, 03 September 2020 07:51 AM

    If I have opportunity I will buy land from lankagama so that the lankagama people can buy elsewhere

    Subodha Makawita Thursday, 03 September 2020 08:20 AM

    Here we go again, While we appreciates her her brilliant stand off against the regional idiotic politicians I don't think this is a cleaver move from the lady. Sometimes just wonder what is the real reason behind this. Is this the call of duty above and beyond ? Let's see the person from Deniyaya, Lnakagama who wants to relocate to Kagalla and lived happily ever after. only in wonderland.

    Rosanna Thursday, 03 September 2020 08:39 AM

    Brilliant thought but a total waste of her money. This property, if she gets one, will be seized and gifted to a member of the royal family in SL.

    Sanath Thursday, 03 September 2020 08:45 AM

    It is a blessing to know that we still have such people in our society.

    nilmini wds Thursday, 03 September 2020 08:56 AM

    why they cant put up a road above the reserve not in the reserve

    hb Thursday, 03 September 2020 09:28 AM

    Wow! What a lady. These are the people who should enter politics and drain the swamp.

    Sujeeva Deraniyagala Thursday, 03 September 2020 04:31 PM

    One of the most admirable persons during the era! Her stance for protection our heritage must be appreciated. Actually the government should take steps to relocate whole Lankagama elsewhere and free the land for Sinharaja only. Otherwise more lucrative business will shoot up in no time along that fateful road.


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