Sand mining has been completely prohibited in the Aana-olondawa Reserve at Horowpatana.
The Divisional Secretariat has taken measures to revoke all permits issued for sand mining in Nelu Oya that runs through the Aana-olondawa Forest Reserve where bio diversity is evident.
The Divisional Secretariat said that strict action will be taken against persons who are engaged in illegal sand mining. Deputy Minister S.M. Chandrasena inspected the Forest Reserve recently.
The Deputy Minister instructed the officials not to permit any activity that disturbs the eco system in the reserve.