Thursday, 23rd September 2021

President statement on banning carpentry sheds creates panic

Colombo, June 13 (BAN/ AD): President Maithripala Sirisena on on ‘World Environment Day 2019’, has made a shocking statement at a ceremony held at BMICH. President announced his government would soon ban carpentry sheds popularly known as ‘wadu maduwas’. He called upon carpenters and sawmill owners to look for new careers within five years. This development has created turbulence among people engaged in carpentry.

The Mayor of the Moratuwa Municipal Council Saman Lal Fernando and another councillor yesterday (June 11) commenced a fast unto death outside the council building in protest against the President’s proposal which would ban registering new carpentry shops in the future.

People involved in carpentry in the Moratuwa area- where there are plenty of sawmills and carpentry workshops- are planning to protest this decision by threatening to go on hunger strikes if the President didn’t back from his decision. President has said his decision, was to protect the environment also to increase forest cover. To stop deforestation President strongly feels its important to ban the import of chainsaws, tree cutting machines and maintaining of carpentry shops.

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