Jan 27, Colombo: The Court of Appeal today gave the government three months to complete the demarcation of the Muthurajawela Wetland.
The court issued the order when two petitions filed by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and the Environmental Justice Center were taken up for consideration on Friday.
The petitions had been filed requesting the court to order to mark the boundaries and take necessary steps to secure the wetland as illegal activities are taking place in the Muthurajawela Reserve Zone.
When the petitions were considered today, the government lawyer stated that the boundary marking work related to Muthurajawela region has not yet been completed and requested more time.
The Court of Appeal accepted the request and ordered the petitions to be called again on May 22, giving time to complete the demarcation work.
In the hearing, the President's Counsel, who appeared for Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, gave evidence before the court and brought to the attention of the court that the Seeduwa Katunayake Municipal Council is disposing of waste in the Muthurajawela area without any environmental approval. He asked the Attorney General to look into the matter.
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