President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered an immediate halt to deforestation and proposing land lots near the Wilpattu National Park.
The Presidential Media Division said that the President has instructed relevant authorities to implement the law against any person responsible for such illegal acts while the Secretary to the Ministry of Environment has also been instructed to take necessary action in this regard.
Hiru CIA TV program also revealed the attempt on building communities by deforesting Wilpattu sanctuary forest reserve.
Strong objection was raised against this attempt through social media sites, following the Hiru CIA revelation.
The President also has taken steps regarding the matter following the program.
Meanwhile, representatives of the JVP also visited the controversial site at the Wilpaththu sanctuary.
At the time they arrived in Marichchikattuwa, Minister Rishard Badiudeen who is accused of being instrumental behind the illegal settlements within Wilpaththu was also present.
Update: Sunday, 10 May 2015 - 07:14 AM
Government will take measures to probe regarding the deforestation of Wilpattu sanctuary – BBS
Bodu Bala Sena Organization states that the government will take measures to probe regarding the deforestation of Wilpattu National Park sanctuary and its surrounding reserve and bring the offenders to justice.
The President’s Media Unit stated that the President has instructed the Environment Ministerial Secretary today, to probe into the deforestation of the sanctuary.
Hiru TV CIA continuously revealed the massive destruction caused to Wilpattu by settling people there.
Strong objection was raised against this attempt through social media sites, while the President also has taken steps regarding the matter following the Hiru CIA revelation.
The CEO of the organization Dilantha Vithange told our news team that his organization has revealed several facts regarding the matter since 20th of March 2014.
Despite officially informing the matter to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, no steps were taken to resolve the issue.
Dilantha Vithanage also stated that his organization believes that an investigation will be conducted regarding the construction of houses and settlement of people in the sanctuary and the offenders will be brought to justice.
JVP too was engaged in an inspection tour today at Wilpattu sanctuary to inquire regarding the deforestation.
Western provincial councillor Lalkantha and provincial councillor Attorney-at-law Sunil Watagala also joined this inspection tour.
Meanwhile, Mannar District secretary, Environment State Ministry secretary and Minister Rishard Badiudeen also held an inspection tour at the Wilpattu sanctuary today.
Regarding the alleged deforestation at Wilpattu sanctuary, a group of youths in Diyatha Uyana, Battaramulla distributed some leaflets today.