Apr 07, 2021

Gem mining to be allowed in Vey river!

The National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA) has decided to grant permission for gem mining in the Ratnapura Vey River.

Chairman of the NGJA, Thilak Weerasinghe stated that permission will be granted for gem mining upstream from Dela Bridge to Erabaddawa.

Noting that illegal gem mining has taken place in the Vey River for a long time and as a result, the river ecosystem has also been severely affected.

He added that under the new methodology, gem mining will be allowed in after dividing the area to 53 sections.