May 06, Colombo: The Green Movement of Sri Lanka has filed a writ application in the Court of Appeal seeking action against the deforestation of the Wilpattu National Park, local media reported.
The Movement, a consortium with 147 non-governmental organizations involved in natural resource management, has requested court to ensure that the people be resettled in the Northern Province.
The petition has stated that on 14 February 2014, the Secretary to the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy has written a letter to Provincial District Secretary to release nearly 2,500 acres of forest land for resettlement of displaced people.
The Court has been requested to issue an order nullifying the letter written to the District Secretary regarding the release of forest land.
The petitioner has also requested the Court to grant an interim order preventing deforestation for any construction purposes.
Secretary to the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy, B.M.U.D. Basnayaka, Conservator General of Forest, Anura Sathurusinghe, Director General Archaeology, Dr. Senarath Dissanayake, Land Commissioner, R.P.R. Rupasinghe and seven others have been cited as respondents in the petition.