Muthurajawela Wetlands to remain intact: UDA, CEA to take charge
By Thameenah Razeek
A Gazette notification would be issued restricting the construction of buildings or hotels in the Muthurajawela Wetland soon, Director-General of the Urban Development Authority (UDA) N.P.K. Ranaweera said.
When asked whether the UDA will construct buildings, Ranaweera said the Wetlands will be intact and the forest reserve will be maintained by the UDA and Centre for Environment Authority (CEA).
“Under the programme, unauthorised constructions will be expeditiously cleared. Initially, a programme will be launched to ensure the safety of the Reserve and then unauthorised constructions will be cleared. Trenches will be dug surrounding the reserve to prevent poachers and encroachers from entering the Wetlands,” Ranaweera said.
The Gazette will then be sent for publication as soon as the authorities meet today (2) for discussions on the Muthurajawela Wetlands. A programme will also be put in place to preserve fauna and flora in the Reserve and the programme will be jointly conducted by the CEA and the Department of Wildlife.