CA issues Interim Order against Sallitivu Islet Tourism project Petition says first stage of the project nearing completion without the requisite approvals

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By S.S.Selvanayagam

The Court of Appeal issued an Interim Order preventing the tourism project at Sallitivu Islet of Vakarai in the Batticaloa District from proceeding following a petition against the project.


The bench comprising Justices P. Padman Surasena (President/CA) and Arjuna Obeysekra issued this order operative till August 6. Court also issued notices on the Respondents returnable for August 6. Petitioner Environmental Foundation (Guarantee) Limited filed its Writ Petition in public interest as well as for the protection of the environment.


It cited Director General of Coast Conservation & Coastal Resources Management Department, Batticaloa District Secretary, Central Environmental Authority, Minister of Tourism Development & Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga, Attorney General and others as Respondents.Viran Corea with Sarita de Fonseka and S.Samara Arachchi appeared for the Petitioner.

 

  • The bench comprising Justices P. Padman Surasena (President/CA) and Arjuna Obeysekra issued this order operative till August 6. Court also issued notices on the Respondents returnable for August 6


Senior Additional Solicitor Fazana Jameel with Senior State Council Suranga Wimalasena appeared for the Attorney General.


Petitioner states the tourism project titled Leisure and Pleasure Pristine Eco-Culture was being carried out at Sallitivu Islet, Vakarai, wherein the islet is 275 meters in length and 155 meters wide and is seasonally connected to the mainland through a sandbar or and bridge of about 250 meters in length. It states that a Report was published by the Coastal Conservation & Coastal Resources Management Department revealing that more than 98% if the plant species were native to Sri Lanka and main natural habitats observed include mangroves, coastal scrub, beach associated vegetation which support a rich biodiversity.


It laments that the first stage of the project was nearing completion without the requisite approvals in an ecologically sensitive area.


It complains there could be serious implications on the environment if the project progresses without the requisite approvals and environment clearance.Petitioner is seeking an order from the Court to prevent the Respondents from proceeding with any activity on Sallitivu Islet until requisite approvals obtained.

 

It complains there could be serious implications on the environment if the project progresses without the requisite approvals and environment clearance.

 

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