Committee to probe demolition of ancient ‘Kings Assembly Hall’ in Kurunegala

Committee to probe demolition of ancient ‘Kings Assembly Hall’ in Kurunegala

Committee to probe demolition of ancient ‘Kings Assembly Hall’ in Kurunegala

Written by Zulfick Farzan

17 Jul, 2020 | 4:47 pm

Colombo (News 1st); Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a committee to investigate the demolition of a building with an archeological value in Kurunegala.

The building was torn down on the 14th of July 2020 and the 05 member committee was appointed by Secretary to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

The Committee will be led by Professor Senarath Dissanayake, the Director-General of Archaeology.

The other members are R. M. J. Ratnayake the District Secretary of Kurunegala, Archaeologist T. G. Kulatunga, Deputy Director of Archaeology at the Ministry of Cultural Affairs Archaeologist Prasad Ranasinghe and Director of the Central Cultural Fund Architect Sumedha’ Matota.

The statement from the Government Information Department went on to note, the building which was torn down dates back to the 13th Century Kurunegala Kingdom Era and is believed to be an ancient ‘Kings Assembly Hall’, and it is protected as per the provisions of the Antiquities Ordinance No. 9 of 1940.

The Committee is expected to produce its report to the Prime Minister before the 23rd of July.

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