Our Heritage Must be Valued, Artefacts Must be Protected – Maithripala
By Thameenah Razeek
Former President Maithripala Sirisena called to task the administration for failing to honour and maintain the legacy that has been handed over to us, saying the Government should be more cautious about the archaeological value of any historical artefact before tampering with it.
He added that in the past, people were not allowed to enter the banks of rivers without being properly equipped, and that it is not permissible to touch a tank built before our time due to historical, archeological and technical considerations.
Speaking to the Media in Battaramulla yesterday (19), the former President emphasised the significance of the Parakrama Samudra, adding that when King Maha Parakramabahu joined four tanks to construct the Parakrama Samudra, it was important to understand its value. “We must consider the historical relevance of ancient structures.
Why aren’t we constructing anything on the Sigiriya rock despite the fact that it would be ideal for a helipad? We don’t do it because historical structures are important to us. In the same way, the tank is sacred. The tank also provides food for animals and fosters biodiversity,” he said.