|Massacre of Kandy’s giant
By Malika Etulgama
Kandy Municipal Councilors sought an answer this
week from the Acting Mayor Suminda Wickramasinghe as
to who is responsible for cutting down huge ‘Mara’
trees around Kandy.
The question was first raised at the monthly meeting
on Thursday by Councilor Anura Gonawela. These giant
trees had given shade to the people for years and he
queried as to who had given permission to cut them
down. He called upon the acting Mayor to investigate
and put a stop to this massacre of trees. He said
that if the branches are chopped off then it is
another matter, but to fell the trees was a national
Councilor M.P.Jayasinghe said that he stopped his
vehicle on seeing a tree being cut and when he
inquired from the workers on whose orders they were
dong so, their reply astonished him when they said
that they were from the Timber Corporation. Who are
they to cut trees within the Kandy Municipality
without the permission of the Council? he queried
from the Mayor.
Acting Mayor Wickramasinghe gave an undertaking to
investigate the whole matter.