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President orders completion of Neluwa-Lankagama road

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who visited Neluwa-Lankagama on Saturday (29) to get firsthand information of the situation pointed out that the long-felt need of the rehabilitation of the road should be carried out while protecting the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and nearby vicinities. 
During the last few days, electronic, print and social media reported that rehabilitation work of Neluwa-Lankagama road is causing damage to Sinharaja Forest Reserve and the surrounding ecosystem.
After inspecting suspended development work the President pointed out that the long-felt need of the rehabilitation of the road should be carried out while protecting the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and nearby vicinities, President’s Office said.
The history of Lankagama area dates back to King Walagamba period. Tea plantation is the main livelihood of the people living there. For over a period of 100 years villagers transport their tea leaves to Deniyaya and Neluwa through the road close to Sinharaja Forest.
The unsatisfactory condition of the road hinders transportation of patients to Neluwa, Udugama and Karapitiya hospitals. It also causes many hardships to the children pursuing their education as well as to the day-to-day activities of the villagers. Rehabilitating “Neluwa- Lankagama- Pitadeniya” road was commenced as a measure to address these difficulties.
Simultaneously, 120 feet long and 6 feet wide bridge will be constructed to replace the existing hanging bridge over Ginganga in Lankagama. This will facilitate children in Wathugala, Lankagama, Nilwella, Kolonthotuwa and Pitadeniya to reach their schools. 
President directed the officials to distribute 3 plants to each of 700 families in Lankagama and to get the families to nurture the total of 2100 plants and add them to the forest reserve.



  Comments - 12

  • Lumbini Sunday, 30 August 2020 07:03 AM

    How do you build a road through the jungle while protecting the Sinharaja Forest? Only in Sri Lanka.

    Jinna Sunday, 30 August 2020 07:35 AM

    OH My God ! No more facial masks including the Big Man.

    ram Sunday, 30 August 2020 07:41 AM

    In Tamilnadu, people don't have water during summer because they have destroyed many forests.

    Imtiaz Muhsin Sunday, 30 August 2020 08:35 AM

    First family!!!

    True lankan Sunday, 30 August 2020 09:10 AM

    So it is closed then ! so he visited and concluded this in one single day? If they need, yes, if they don't , no. Very good.

    Andrew Silva Sunday, 30 August 2020 10:21 AM

    Stop start-Stop start-Stop start. SSPP Method.

    Siribiris Sunday, 30 August 2020 01:00 PM

    Suddenly no harm to the environment . What a joke .

    azee Sunday, 30 August 2020 01:37 PM

    another wilpatthu

    James Petersen Sunday, 30 August 2020 04:33 PM

    This is an absurd and dangerous decision. Why all this flip-flop on this issue. It is essential to protect the forests at all costs. Shame on you Mr. President. This reminds me of the decision to spend almost a billion rupees pumping sand onto Mount Lavinia beach which has now all washed away and killed the coral in the process.

    Gemunu Fernando Sunday, 30 August 2020 04:37 PM

    Very stupid decision!

    Connie Urba Sunday, 30 August 2020 06:03 PM

    You voted him in - what did you expect? One Nation of One Family.

    Not surprised Monday, 31 August 2020 08:26 AM

    Just like that. God has spoken. No Environment assessment, no Heritage Act just a simple OK. All is well.

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