Fonseka says the elephant trench project is a failure

Fonseka says the elephant trench project is a failure

Fonseka says the elephant trench project is a failure

Written by Staff Writer

02 Dec, 2022 | 12:22 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st) – Parliamentarian & Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka told Parliament on Friday (2) that the project to dig trenches as a solution to the Human-Elephant Conflict is a failure.

Sarath Fonseka said that a ruling party MP from Ampara had proposed for trenches to be dug as a solution to the human-elephant conflict.

Fonseka said warned that digging up a trench that is 10 feet wide and 10 feet deep would pose a direct threat to the river systems in the country.

He added that even though the Department of Wildlife Conservation had not approved the project on technicalities, a 55-kilometer-long trench has been dug up, and the allegation is that the project is being used to illegally remove soil and sand.

His comments were met with strong opposition from the ruling party in the house.

 

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