Following a Hiru News exposure last Thursday, The President had issued a directive to immediately stop an ongoing vehicle park construction project adjacent to the Sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi due to it posing a threat to the religious site.
Our news bulletin, quoting a research done by the National Botanical Garden Department, disclosed that the Sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura the only living symbol of Buddha could be affected due to toxic vehicle emissions.
Hiru News stressed that the already posing danger could intensify due to added emissions from the new vehicle park which was under construction following the intervention of Minister Mervin Silva.
Following the airing of the story President Mahinda Rajapaksa had immediately ordered the Anuradhapura Mayor to suspend all construction work that was carried out within a 500 meter radius of the Sacred Bo Tree.
Following the President’s orders, the Anuradhapura Mayor had informed the Highways Department in writing to suspend the construction with immediate effect.
President’s Media Coordinating Secretary Vijayananda Herath said that the President gave further directive to shift the controversial vehicle park to an alternative location 500 meters away from the Jaya Sri Maha Bodi.
President Rajapaksa had also informed authorities to use only battery powered vehicles within the sacred area henceforth.
Accordingly, our observation team said that no stationary vehicles were seen in the controversial vehicle park today.
Anuradhapura Mayor H.P. Somadasa told our news team that the Anuradhapura District Secretary and Ata-mas-thana-dhipathi Venerable Pallegama Sirinevasa Thera were invited to a meeting this evening to discuss future actions regarding the issue.
An Anuradhapura resident Indrajith Senanayake who enlightened authorities on several occasions about the imminent danger to the Jaya Sri Maha Bodi also expressed his views regarding the President’s swift action to stop toxic emissions.
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