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‘Unrestricted soil, sand excavating destroys environment’

An excavated railway reservation land in Hathapalena in Ahangama. Picture by Mahinda P. Liyanage
An excavated railway reservation land in Hathapalena in Ahangama. Picture by Mahinda P. Liyanage

Excavating of low-lying areas and marshy grounds including state reservation lands has posed a severe threat of floods, landslides and soil erosion, environmentalists point out.

The government abolished the permit schemes for soil, clay and sand transportation on a cabinet decision made on December 4, 2019.

Lifting of the permit system increased the excavating of lands recklessly day and night causing severe damages to rural roads, rural people alleged.

An Irrigation Department Engineer said that as low-lying areas have been filled with soil and other disposed materials, rain water flowing get hindered causing floods. The disposal of soil on to the low lying regions has created many nature hazards such as soil and river banks erosion.

A Central Environmental Bureau Officer said that the authority did not issue permits to transport sand. He said the Geological and Mines Bureau issued such permits.

Cabinet Spokesman and Minister Bandula Gunawardana at a recent press briefing said that the suspension of licences for transporting sand, stones and soil, was effective only for a week and an expert committee will be appointed to review the system at the next cabinet meeting.

Meanwhile, filling of lowlands and marshy lands are carried out in large scales causing severe environmental hazards.


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