No development projects without EIA reports – Chandrasena

By Ifham Nizam

The Government will not engage in any development projects without the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report, Agrarian and Wildlife Minister S. M. Chandrasena said.

He scotched rumours that the government is to amend the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance and Forest Ordinance to facilitate the massive development plans particularly in view of the Hambantota Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Environmentalists say plans are afoot to amend the Fauna and Flora and Forest Ordinance to legalise destruction of forests to construct the proposed Games City.

They claim that if amendments take place, it will pose a threat to wildlife in the area.

The Green Movement of Sri Lanka, said that it will go to courts against the amendment of the two Acts.

The Movement’s Coordinator Bandu Ranga Kariyawasam told The Island on Monday (18) that the construction of the proposed Hambantota Games City is to include border areas of the Yala, Kumana and Lahugala national parks.

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