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Report On Road In Two Weeks

Sep 20, 2011 6:22:23 AM - thesundayleader.lk

The Central Environment Authority (CEA) is to receive the final report on the inquiry into the controversial construction of a road through the Sinharaja forest reserve in two weeks.

CEA Chairman Charitha Herath has said the Authority would follow the recommendations made by the committee.

The interim report by the committee probing the controversial road construction has suggested that another committee comprising officials of the Forest Conservation Department, Land Reforms Commission, Central Environment Authority, the Divisional Secretariat and the Pradeshiya Sabha should also be appointed to look into the issue.

The interim report states that the area under question belonged to the Land Reforms Commission. However, the cabinet had in 2004 approved to vest the lands with the Environment Ministry, as the land is located in an environmentally sensitive area and with high bio diversity.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has also called for a report from the Environment Ministry on the controversial road construction across the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, which is a World Heritage Site.