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Development of Anuradhapura, Mihintale

Government sets aside Rs.450 million

The government has set aside a sum of Rs.450 million for the development of historic Mihintale and Anuradhapura cities.

President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe; as well as Housing, Construction, and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa; provided the funds following requests made by Atamasthanadhipathi Ven. Dr. Pellegama Siriniwasa Nayake Thera and Mihintale Rajamaha Viharaya Chief Incumbent Ven. Walawahengumuwewa Dhammarathana Nayake Thera.

This is to be carried out under the Sasunata Aruna project, which was launched by Minister Sajith Premadasa focusing on the Mirisawetiya Viharaya, Thuparamaya, and the Abhayagiri Viharaya in the Anuradhapura city.

The project will be carried out parallel to the Anuradhapura Maha Vihara Development Scheme, which was launched by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe three years ago. It focuses on the regions between the Ruwanwelisaya and the Thuparamaya.

The Central Cultural Fund, in association with the Archaeological Department, is to carry out the Sasunata Aruna project, which would include the preservation of the Mirisawetiya moat, the preservation of the ancient Mirisawetiya hermitage, the construction of the Abhayagiriya alms hall, as well as the preservation of the lower compound of the Thuparamaya.

Minister Sajith Premadasa said that the present government would never sign any agreement to betray the country, adding that he would never contribute to such an act. Addressing the Maha Sangha; including the Abhayagiri Viharaya Chief Incumbent Ven. Kallanchiya Rathanasiri Thera, Thuparamaya Chief Incumbent Ven. Kahalle Ghanindha Thera, and Mirisawetiya Chief Incumbent Ethalawetunawewa Gnanathilake Nayake Thera; Minister Premadasa said that the government would thwart any attempts to sabotage the country’s religious and spiritual awakening programmes.

Mihintale Rajamaha Viharaya Ven. Walawahengumuwewa Dhammarathana Nayake Thera commended the action taken by the government to install CCTV camera systems covering the areas surrounding temples, in addition to setting up public announcement systems and installing streetlights in the same areas. 

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