Forest Conservation Department addresses construction of Sinharaja hotel
The Department of Forest Conservation has issued a statement addressing recent media reports regarding the construction of a hotel in the Sinharaja forest.
The statement said the Forest Conservation Department denies media reports after an investigation was conducted into the matter.
The land in question is located 3.5 km from the Sinharaja National Heritage Site and 5 km away from the Sinharaja World Heritage Site.
It was announced in 2019 that the land is located outside the Sinharaja Forest Complex.
It is an abandoned, private tea estate adjacent to the Pothupitiya- Rakwana road.
The statement further points out that there are 3 constructions approved by the Pradeshiya Sabha in the same area.
Bhagya Abeyratne, who participated in a popular TV quiz show in Sri Lanka and exposed the destruction of the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, has caused a great deal of controversy in society recently.
The police obtained a statement from her and she was also questioned by officers of the Department of Forest Conservation.