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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 - 14:13
Galle Intl. Cricket Stadium to be shifted
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It has been decided to declare the Galle International Cricket stadium a public sports ground.
 
This will support the preservation of the Galle Fort as a world heritage site.
 
The decision was taken during a meeting held among the secretaries of the Ministries of culture, sports, southern development, internal affairs and officials of the Galle Heritage Foundation and the Galle Cricket Stadium.
 
A few days ago, the UNESCO informed that all buildings in the Galle Cricket Stadium are unauthorized structures. 
 
Therefore, UNESCO informed that it has to delist the Galle Fort from the World Heritage sites list.
 
It further informed that such construction should be removed before December in 2019.
 
Meanwhile, officials in charge of the Galle International Cricket Stadium stated that a location in Pinnaduwa has been earmarked to build a new cricket stadium.
 
However, a senior official said since it will cost around Rs. 700mn to construct a new stadium, the proposal will be reviewed before a decision is made.
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