June 04, Colombo: Governor of North Western Province Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena has instructed Governor’s Secretary Indika Ilangakoon to temporarily stop the quarrying of black stone near the base of "Waduwa Ketu Gala" located in Dambadeniya area.
He has advised to stop the quarrying of black stone until an investigation is conducted regarding the natural feature and necessary measures are taken.
The Governor gave these instructions to the officials after joining an inspection tour of Dambadeniya Sri Wijayasundaraaraama Raja Maha Viharaya.
Dambadeniya, the third kingdom of Sri Lankain 13th century is also believed to be the ancient Dalada Maligawa where the Tooth Relic was kept.
Maha Sangha, politicians and the people of the village accuse that the base part of Waduwa Ketu Gala is being destroyed under the guise of quarrying black stone.
After paying attention to the complaints, the Governor, who was engaged in an observation tour, brought the relevant officials including the officials of the Archeology Department, and Geological Survey and Mines Bureau and instructed them to discuss and take steps to provide the necessary solutions.