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Sep 13, 2011 11:54:38 AM - itnnews.lk

The Deegavapi Conservation Programme gets underway making a reality the Mahinda Chinthana Policy of inheriting to the posterity the conserved national heritages.The National Programme to conserve the historic Deegavapi Maha Vihare, and restore it to its pristine glory, got off the grounds under the auspices of Minister Dr.Jagatha Balasuriya. There were obstructions to the conservation of the Deegavapi Sacred area for several years due to terrorist activities.Excavations within the location commenced a few months ago with the support of Civil Defence Officers.The excavations conducted so far had helped to uncover vital historical information dating back to a number of eras.The Bank of Ceylon has made a contribution of 27 million rupees for this work.Joining in the launch of the Conservation Programme the Ven.Ellawala Medhananda thera lauded the efforts of the Government to of conserving the Sacred Area and its wealth for the benefit of the future generation.