GSMB Chairman requests report on Kelani River sand-mining | Daily News


 

Under orders of President regarding flood-control Under orders of President regarding flood-control:

GSMB Chairman requests report on Kelani River sand-mining

On the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) Chairman Eng. Anura Walpola has asked for an urgent report on sand-mining in the Kelani River for flood control, the GSMB said in a press release, yesterday.

The Chairman has issued this instruction following a communication made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to mark World Wetlands Day on February 3, in which it was stated that although sand-mining in the Kelani River is prohibited, it becomes necessary for the safety of certain areas.

The Chairman has instructed the Director-General of GSMB to examine the possibility of using sand-mining in Kelani River as a means of flood control.

As a measure taken to protect the environment, the issue of permits sand-mining in the Kelani River, which has been suspended for several years.

 


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