Parakrama Samudra Electric Fence reconstruction begins

Parakrama Samudra Electric Fence reconstruction begins

Parakrama Samudra Electric Fence reconstruction begins

Written by Zulfick Farzan

27 Sep, 2021 | 8:29 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); Authorities have taken measures to reconstruct the electric fence that was removed to pave way for the jogging track on the breakwater of the historic Parakrama Samudra.

The electric fence, which was originally placed to keep wild elephants away, will span from the District Secretariat to the Polonnaruwa Rest House.

On Monday (27), the Maha Sangha visited the site to inspect the progress of reconstructing the electric fence.

Over the past few weeks, wild elephants encroached on villages terrorizing the people living in the area.

The decision to reconstruct the electric fence was made after locals and the maha sangha condemned the destruction, however, they were not pleased with the standards of the reconstructed fence.

On the 26th of August 2021, News 1st for the very first time exposed how the breakwater of the ancient Parakrama Samudraya was being bulldozed for the construction of a walking path.

This 08 feet wide walking path will cover a 1.7 km stretch from the Divisional Secretary Official Residence to the D. S. Senanayake memorial at the Number 01 Sluice Gate of the Parakrama Samudraya.

The proposal for this walking path was moved by the Urban Development Authority and construction will cost a whopping Rs. 34 million.

Local authorities on the 27th of August temporarily suspended the project to construct a jogging track on the breakwater of the ancient Parakrama Samudra following strong opposition from the Maha Sangha.

The great King Parakramabahu who ruled the country for 33 years from 1153 AD- 1186 AD asked his countrymen to use water sparingly.

History reveals that King Parakramabahu had made an immense contribution towards the agricultural industry in the country and the Parakrama Samudra was his greatest ever contribution to the people of Sri Lanka.

King Parakramabahu’s famous quote on water conservation and utilization “Do not release even a drop of rainwater to the sea without using it ” is still living in the hearts of the people.

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