Alcohol, tobacco, betel use debarred in Polonnaruwa sacred sites

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 Polonnaruwa Regional Director of Health Services (RDHS) is working to eliminate the use of tobacco and alcohol from the sacred premises in Polonnaruwa, which are is a world heritage site.

According to Polonnaruwa Public Health Inspector R. M. B. N. Ratnayake, notice boards in this regard have been installed around historic and sacred sites in Polonnaruwa yesterday (18).

He said chewing betel has never been prohibited in any sacred or historic site in Sri Lanka, and that this is the first time it has been prohibited at the historic and sacred premises in Polonnaruwa.

The Regional Director of Health Services, Tamankaduwa Public Health Inspectors, the Department of Archaeology, the Polonnaruwa Municipal Council, the Central Cultural Fund, and the Road Development Authority have contributed to the project.

Dr. Samadhi Rajapaksa, Chairman of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol, and other officials  supported the move.

BY Nimal Jayaratne – Manampitiya