Written by Staff Writer
15 Mar, 2019 | 7:53 pm
Colombo (News 1st): Officers of the Department of Coast Conservation took steps to remove several unauthorized constructions along the Galle coast.
A tensed situation arose as residents protested against this and staged a demonstration opposite the Sudharma Vidyala in Galle obstructing the Matara-Colombo main road.
Officers of the Department of Coast Conservation proceeded to remove the illegal constructions along the coast while the demonstration was being staged. The area residents then arrived at the coast where a tense situation ensued.
The Officers of the Department of Coast Conservation later left the area. The Officers returned to the area after half an hour along with Officers of the anti-riot squad of the Galle police. The illegal constructions were then removed amid strong opposition from the area residents.
According to the Coast Conservation Act, any development activity along the coast should be approved by the Department of Coast Conservation. An officer of the Department of Coast Conservation said that these 27 constructions did not have the approval of the department.
He added that the owners of these constructions were previously informed in writing to remove them. However, as they failed to comply with the notification, steps were taken today to demolish these illegal constructions.
Area residents voiced their strong objection against the move. The Department of Coast Conservation stated that 27 illegal constructions along the coast were demolished today (March 15).
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