Aug 02, Colombo: The Culture and Arts Ministry of Sri Lanka is looking at shifting the British Garrison Cemetery in Kandy.
Cultural Affairs Minister T.B. Ekanayake has told the media that the cemetery is located at a higher elevation than the sacred Dalada Maligawa and is therefore considered an insult to the sacred tooth relic.
The Minister has already held a discussion with the British High Commissioner in Colombo since over 150 British nationals have been buried in the cemetery for nearly 200 years.
The Minister has explained that the cemetery is located within the Dalada Maligawa land and while the Diyawadana Nilame and the Chief Prelates maintained the Maligawa land, the cemetery is being maintained by the British.
According to Ekanayake, the cemetery is situated within five acres or more of the land belonging to the Dalada Maligawa, and it is a responsibility to keep the land as an area of purity and sanctity.
The garden cemetery was founded in 1817 for the internment of British-era colonists and is managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission it is managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.