It is reported that in Polonnaruwa District, a Muslim Village has destroyed 2000 acres of land near the floodplain that was built across the Periyaru River which flows below the Onagama Sinharaja village in the Kaduwa Divisional Secretariat Division.
Civil society groups have been working hard for some time to save the area, and the court has ruled in favor of returning the destroyed 2,000 acres to the national park.
Declared a National Park in 1984-1985, the Flood Valley National Park covers an area of 17,350 hectares. The park is also home to a number of willow systems, which are of great biological value as home to elephants. By now the paddy system has been destroyed and the paddy fields have been harvested.
State Minister of Wildlife Wimalaweera Dissanayake visited the area yesterday (26 Nov) and it is allegedly reported that he has threatened Wildlife officials, intervening to allow Muslims to occupy the flood valley.
The Wildlife officials have strongly opposed the minister ‘s move to graze the area that was returned to the park by a court order after it was destroyed.