Development move causes stir in Yala

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa recently revealed about an attempt to acquire 12000 acres from Block 1 of the Yala National Park which comprises 14,101 hectares with the support of the Government. After this revelation, environmental organizations and people who adore the national park raised opposition. The statements made by officers of the Department of Wildlife and Conservation (DWC), members of environmental organizations and safari jeep associations and those connected with the tourism industry affirm that Situlpawwa Rajamaha Viharaya chief incumbent is involved in the attempts made to acquire the mentioned land. A senior officer of the DWC revealed that the chief incumbent of the Situlpawwa Rajamaha Viharaya has been attempting to acquire this land since 2009.

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