'A'pura conservation project put aside'

KANDY: The objectives of the Anuradhapura Conservation Project pioneered by the late Prime Minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike and the then Government Agent and Chairman of the Conservation Board Dr. Nissanka Wijayaratne has now been put aside, lamented the former Speaker K. B. Ratnayake assuming duties as the Central Provincial Governor, on January 12.

He assumed duties at the auspicious hour in the morning at the CP, Governor's Secretariat in Kandy.

Governor Ratnayake paid his homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic at the Sri Dalada Maligawa invoking blessings of the Triple Gem.

He was received by the Diyawadana Nilame Neranjan Wijeyeratne.

Governor Ratnayake recalling his days as a public servant under Dr. Nissanka Wijeyeratne (father of the Diyawadana Nilame) said that Dr. Wijeyeratne as GA and Chairman of the Anuradhapura Conservation Board took a keen interest in the implementation of the project plans of the Conservation Board and converted the ancient city into a place of beauty.

But it is in a sorry state today structures coming up at unauthorized sites and various other activities taking place, Governor Ratnayake noted.

He said this is due to the increase of population and the motor vehicles in the ancient capital of Anuradhapura.

Governor Ratnayake pledged that he would do his best to satisfy the needs of the people of Central Province comprising different communities.

Chief Minister Central PC Sarath Ekanayake and members of his cabinet, leader of the Opposition Chithra Srimathie Mantillake, Ministers Nandimithra Ekanayake and H. B. Semasinghe, Chairman Central PC Mahinda Abeykoon, Chief Secretary, Central Province K. B. Wijekoon, District Secretary S. B. Beddewela, Secretary Ministry of Provincial Councils K. B. Sirisena, Kandy Mayor Harindranath Dunuwille, SSP Asoka Ratnaweera, SP Daya Samaraweera, Governor's Secretary H. M. Somathilake and several others were present on the occasion.