Colombo, Oct 15 (BAN/ AD): President Maithripala Sirisena has said even though forest density decreased in past it has increased in the past four years mainly due to the national programme implemented to preserve the environment. On Sunday President was addressing the inauguration of the ‘Wana Ropa’ tree-planting programme held at the Habarana Galoya Reserve.
President told “Racketeers, businessmen and public officials are responsible for the enormous environmental damage that has taken place over the past few decades when all sectors of the country were plagued by corruption and politics.”
The Forest Department is rehabilitating 100 hectares of forest in the Habarana Galoya Reserve under the patronage of Bank of Ceylon (BOC) to mark the latter’s 80th anniversary. Its aim is to plant some 80,000 saplings covering 100 hectares of degraded dry area. He also inked a gazette notification announcing the reservation of Galoya Reserve which is adjacent to the Colombo–Trincomalee highway at Habarana in the Polonnaruwa District.