Wildlife Dept to re-open Galge access road to Yala

Wildlife Dept to re-open Galge access road to Yala

Wildlife Dept to re-open Galge access road to Yala

Written by Lahiru Fernando

11 Feb, 2016 | 8:58 pm

The Department of Wildlife has decided to re-open the Galge access road that leads to the Yala National Park. The area is known for frequent sightings of leopards and bears.

However, vehicular movement along one of the access roads to Yala has been restricted.

According to Chandrasiri Bandara, the acting Director General of the Department of Wildlife , over 700 vehicles enter the Yala National Park on a daily basis. He noted that this could be held responsible for the change in the behavioral patterns of the wild animals.

Thereby, it has been decided to re-open the Galge Access road which was shut down, and also restrict vehicular movement on the Kirinda – Palatupana road. With the re-opening of the road, there are a total of three main roads that could be used to access the Park. Tissamaharama – Kirinda – Palatupana road, Galge – Kumana road
Galge – Weragala road (considered as an alternative route)

These roads are currently under renovation and the process is due to be completed by March, says the Department of Wildlife.

The Department noted that a section of the Yala National Park will be closed for three months every year under five different phases.

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