Piped water for dried up tanks within Yala

By M.N. Piyaratne- Kataragama correspondent

In a move to prevent animals in Yala National Park straying into villages in search of water during a drought, pipes would be set up to fill up the tanks in the park, Wildlife Conservation and Agrarian Services Minister S.M. Chandrasena said.

Speaking at the reopening of the Katagamuwa entrance to the Park, after four years, he said that Yala was only second to the national parks in Africa, and he hoped to develop it to international standards, so that it would attract more local and foreign tourists.

Dept of Wildlife Conservation Director General H.D. Ratnayake said that, to date there was only the Palatupana entrance to visit block No.1 and as a result there was a big traffic jam, which was a hindrance to animals, while visitors had limited time to observe animals.

This problem would be minimised with the reopening of the new entrance.Incumbent of the ancient temple at Situlpawwa, Ven. Mataramba Hemaratane Thera requested from the minister to protect archaeological remains, wild animals and the environment from poachers, timber racketeers and ganja cultivators.

Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the Maldives, Dickson Dela, Chairman- Kataragama Pradeshiya Sabha Chanaka Amil Rangana, Assistant Director- Southern Zone, A.H. Sumanasena and Warden- Yala National Park, W.A.A.D.U. Indrajith also participated on this occasion.

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