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No permit for sand mining until policy is drafted

Of the 21 branches of the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) throughout the island, the Batticaloa branch ranks first in the assessment of work completed, the Bureau’s Chairman Anura Walpola said.

He was speaking at the opening of the new branch of the Bureau at new Kalmunai Road, Kallady, Batticaloa, presided over by the Batticaloa Government Agent Kalamathy Pathmaraja on Monday (15).

Walpola said that the Acting IGP has instructed all police stations not to issue permits to excavate sand until the government has decided on a policy in this regard.

“We thank the Police and the Army who are cooperating well in controlling the problem of illegal mining of sand in Batticaloa. The new office is located to serve the public better and in the future, a permanent building will be put up to house the Bureau,” he said.

Assistant Director of the Central Environment Authority S. Gokulan, HQI Batticaloa Police Kumara Hettiarachchi and engineers of the Bureau were present.

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