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* President halts large-scale land reclamation in Ja-Ela
Thu, Jan 5, 2017, 09:24 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 05, Colombo: The Central Environmental Authority under the direction of President Maithripala Sirisena has taken speedy steps to halt large-scale land reclamation carried out illegally in two separate locations in Dandugama, Ja-Ela, President's Media Division said.

Responding to a complaint lodged by the residents in the area to the President over the land reclamation, President Sirisena instructed the Chairman of the Central Environmental Authority to visit the location and investigate into the incident with the relevant parties.

Accordingly, the officials of the Central Environmental Authority and the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation & Development Corporation (SLLR&DC), together with the police officers of Ja-Ela Police, commenced investigations at the location. Under the directive of the President, the officials took actions to stop the unauthorized land mining.

Legal actions will be taken against the persons who had reclaimed a large area of the land by damaging the kadolana (mangroves) environment system in Muthurajawela.

The President had instructed the officials earlier as well to give the maximum punishment against those who engage in unauthorized land reclamation damaging the environment and the biodiversity.

 


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