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Monday, 23 October 2017 - 15:17
Ministry invites Yala safari jeep owners for a discussion
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The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife has invited Yala safari jeep owners for a discussion.

The safari jeep owners staged a protest in front of the main gate of the Yala Sanctuary after restrictions were imposed on vehicular traffic inside the Sanctuary.

The Ministry Secretary, R. M. D. B. Meegasmulla has made this request.

The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife announced earlier that Yala will be closed for visitors from 1st of September to 1st of November to minimize the effect on wild animals from visitors and vehicles.

However, later they said that the Sanctuary will be opened for visitors from today (23).

The Ministry also said entry of vehicles will be restricted in order to create a better environment for animals.

Accordingly, the Ministry said 100 vehicles will be allowed from Palatupana entrance and 50 vehicles will be allowed from the Katagamuwa entrance and in total only 450 vehicles will be allowed for a day from both the entrances.

The Ministry also said tokens will be issued on a priority basis and those will be issued from 5.30 am.

Our correspondent said around 300 safari jeep owners took part in the protest saying that they could not agree with those restrictions.

Thereafter they reached the Tissamaharama town in a parade and staged a protest there.

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