Rat­tota PS passes res­o­lu­tion to sus­pend Knuck­les project

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY M.W. SOMARATNE

The Rat­tota Pradeshiya Sabha unan­i­mously passed a res­o­lu­tion that the pro­posed tourism pro­mo­tion project in the Knuck­les Moun­tain Range should be sus­pended. They pointed out that the joint project of the For­est Con­ser­va­tion Dept., Min­istry of Tourism and the Cen­tral En­vi­ron­men­tal Au­thor­ity would cause ex­ten­sive en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age to the highly sen­si­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal zone.

The mo­tion was tabled by JVP Mem­ber Sisira Ku­mara (JVP ) and sec­onded by SLPP Mem­ber A.g.nis­han­tha Bandara at the monthly meet­ing presided over by Chair­man of the coun­cil Then­nakoon Ku­marasena.

PS Mem­ber Ku­mara pointed out that the govern­ment was plan­ning to pass leg­is­la­tion in par­lia­ment to im­ple­ment the pro­posed project un­der the ti­tle State Land Bank Act and that the Matale Govern­ment Agent and sev­eral of­fi­cials had carried out a pre­lim­i­nary sur­vey in this re­gard.

“The for­est range would be cleared to con­struct roads, camps for moun­taineer­ing, restaurants, a wa­ter bot­tling fac­tory, poul­try farms and op­er­ate cable cars. This would de­stroy a vast area of the for­est range,” he said.

Chair­man Then­nakoon Ku­marasena pointed out that the govern­ment’s plan to alien­ate 21,000 acres of land in the knuck­les range to multi-na­tional com­pa­nies was pre­vented by a mas­sive cam­paign launched by the Pradeshiya Sabha and that a sim­i­lar ag­i­ta­tion would be launched to save the Dum­bara Wanapetha” from the pro­posed project.

UNP Mem­ber Athula Wick­re­m­anayake and SLPP Mem­ber Nis­han­tha Bandara also ex­pressed their views sup­port­ing the res­o­lu­tion.

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