Concerns raised over unauthorized construction of road in Sinharaja

Concerns raised over unauthorized construction of road in Sinharaja

Concerns raised over unauthorized construction of road in Sinharaja

Written by Staff Writer

16 Aug, 2020 | 8:26 pm

COLOMBO (News1st): Environmentalists have raised concerns over the unauthorized construction of a road through the Sinharaja forest.

The road measures between 12 and 20 feet in width, the Rainforest Protectors Organization said in a letter to the President.

It pointed out that the area is facing a massive threat of a landslide due to this construction.

The road will run through Pitadeniya in Deniyaya to Lankagama, area residents and officers involved in the project said.

The relevant authorities have not been informed about the construction of a road through the Sinharaja forest, according to the organization.

Soil that is removed during construction is likely to be deposited in the Gin river during the construction that is likely to block waterways, the letter added.

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