New strategies to counter Sigiriya wasps
Agrarian Services and Wildlife Minister SM Chandrasena directed
officials to use alternative strategies to protect tourists visiting
Sigiriya, from wasps.
He suggested the use of nets to cover wasp nests to protect tourists.
The minister said a second alternative was to cover all main approach
routes to the Sigiriya fortress with nets to protect tourists from wasp
attacks. He also directed officers to provide a more attractive
protective garment to tourists since some were not happy with the one
provided at present.
“The garment the authorities provided for protection is not very
comfortable and therefore tourists do not like to wear it,” he said.
Chandrasena said wasp nests would not be removed from the vicinity of
the Sigiriya rock fortress.
Authorities earlier announced that wasp nests would be removed from
the world heritage site, a major tourist hot spot in the island.
The minister who visited Sigiriya with Central Cultural Fund director
Nimal de Silva and Wildlife Zonal director S Sumanasena on June 15, said
he opposed the decision to remove wasps even earlier. He said
environmentalists had argued that even though wasps will resettle in
other sites, they will come again to Sigiriya as it is their traditional
Environmentalists also pointed out it would not be a solution to the
The minister said the government would take action to provide safety
measures to visitors soon.