Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera said accordingly the use of plastic garlands during Poojas at the Kataragama Dewalaya will be banned while pilgrims will be encouraged to use natural or paper-based material.
Minister Amaraweera said they are hoping to create an environmentally friendly area through the new initiatives. He said the Kataragama sacred city will become a plastic-free zone in future.
He added measures have been taken to preserve the Menik River by planting trees and through the use of security fences.
Accordingly, Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera said instructions have been issued to ban all sand mining activities along the Menik River in Kataragama and other activities that pollute the water system.
He said the lack of drinking water has been an issue for a period of time and they are hoping to commence a drinking water project in Kataragama before the ned of the year.