Minister calls for report on proposed road in Rumassala | Daily News

Minister calls for report on proposed road in Rumassala

Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has called for a report on the public request to develop a narrow road in Rumassala, Galle.

The media reported recently that the new road could damage the sensitive ecosystem of the Rumassala Hill.

The people of Rumassala requested that the road be developed for public use when Minister Amaraweera visited the Sobha Ketha Centre at the Rumassala Hill, Galle on February 8.

The road that they now use is not suitable for traffic as it has rocks, stones and potholes.

The Minister summoned the Southern Provincial Director of Environment and asked him to look into the request and see if it could be met in a way that would not harm plants and wildlife in this highly sensitive ecosystem.

The Minister said that the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) will not approve constructing a road that could damage the Rumassala ecosystem. He, however, instructed the Director to remove the rocks on the narrow road without harming plants.

The Minister instructed the CEA officials to submit an environmental assessment report soon. He said that the road will be developed after taking into account the report.