Nov 02, 2016

Hotel project near Sri Pada suspended Featured

President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the CEA to suspend construction of a hotel at Peakfield estate at Dalhousie, in close proximity to Sri Pada forest reserve, minister Faizer Mustafa told Sri Lanka Mirror.

This is pursuant to a request made to the president by minister Mustafa, whom the social media claims to be linked to the hotel project by a Saudi prince.

He rejected allegations that a mosque was to come up in the land in question.

At a media briefing yesterday (01), Bodu Bala Sena secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera accused Mustafa of being behind the hotel project.

Does not belong to Sri Pada sacred area

Dammadinna 600xp 16 10 29Meanwhile, chief incumbent of Sri Pada, Ven. Bengamuwe Dhammadinna Nayaka Thera says no tourist hotel was to come up within the 99-acre Sri Pada sacred area.

A private company has obtained permission to build a hotel in a land below, which has does not belong to Sri Pada, said the Thera, adding a group called ‘Mahason Kalliya’ was spreading falsehoods.

Sri Pada is revered by all religions in Sri Lanka and these faiths refer to it by different names.

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