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Knuckles range: Minister wants report on area marked for development

Amid allegations that plans are afoot to acquire land from the Knuckles range, Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera is reported to have sought a detailed report on the area earmarked for development work.

Earlier, the Malwatte Chapter Maha Nayake the Most. Ven. Thibbatuwave Sidartha Sri Sumangala Thera raised concerns about plans to acquire land from the forest reserve for various purposes.

The matter had come up for discussion at yesterday's Cabinet meeting. Minister Amaraweera had requested Highways and Higher Education Minister Kabir Hashim to submit details about the lands to be acquired. (Kelum Bandara)