The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has amended a 2007 gazette declaring the ecologically-rich Thalangama wetland as an Environmentally Protected Area (EPA) to allow the elevated highway from New Kelani Bridge to Athurugiriya to cross the land.
Gazette 223/07 dated July 19 issued by the CEA is now listed on the website of the Department of Government Printing although the text is yet to be released. When an area is declared an EPA, the only activities permitted are paddy cultivation, fishing, nature trails, construction of security posts and towers for bird observation. This will be changed to permit more than 3km of roadway cross the Averihana Tank and surrounding paddy fields which are part of the Thalangama wetland.
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