Controversial Tissamaharama Wewa cleanup halted

The ongoing cleanup efforts of the Tissamaharama Wewa which is a Joint Venture between a Sri Lankan and Chinese company has been halted, the Department of Archaeology confirmed to The Morning today (25).

According to Prof. Anura Manatunga, Director General of the Department of Archaeology, prior permission was not obtained from the Department before the cleanup efforts began.

“We have informed the relevant parties to halt ongoing work and seek permission from the Archaeology Department to proceed,” he told The Morning.

He stated that the cleanup of the Tissamaharama Wewa will be allowed to proceed only after the relevant procedures are followed. Additionally, he mentioned that if any legal action is to be taken with regard to the project, such action will follow after a review of their submissions.

This is the second red flag encountered by the project. Earlier, the alleged presence of what appeared to be personnel attached to China’s People’s Liberation Army at the launch of a Chinese Joint Venture to dredge the Tissamaharama Wewa was reported.

Speaking to The Morning, Police Media Spokesman Senior Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Ajith Rohana said that an investigation would proceed according to the information which has already been received surrounding the alleged presence of Chinese Military boots in the country.