Mangalagama – Ampara residents take to the streets over roaming elephants

Mangalagama – Ampara residents take to the streets over roaming elephants

Mangalagama – Ampara residents take to the streets over roaming elephants

Written by Tharushan Fernando

11 Nov, 2016 | 9:27 pm

Flow of traffic along the Ampara – Kandy road came to a standstill for three hours today owing to a protest staged at Mangalagama, Ampara against the threat of wild elephants.

Residents request for steps to be taken to prevent wild elephants from entering their villages.

Residents of villages belonging to the Vavunathivu –  Chenkalady and Pattipola Divisional Secretariats in the Batticaloa District staged the demonstration.

The protest was staged demanding that the electric fence surrounding the villages be removed and reconstructed in a proper manner.The residents point out that the electric fence being built at a close proximity of 100m to the main road has given rise to a number of issues

Residents say that the fact that their cultivating lands are situated outside the boundaries of the electric fence have given rise to many issues.

The residents of the Pattipola Divisional Secretariat who participated in the demonstration said that officers had notified them not to cultivate outside the boundaries of the electric fence.

The Divisional Secretary of Pattipola arrived at the scene of the protest and held discussions with the demonstrators.

Our correspondent said that the protesters dispersed after the divisional secretary promised to provide solutions to their issues within the course of two weeks.

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