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Filling paddy fields rampant from Galewela to Dambulla

A paddy field being filled.
A paddy field being filled.

Matale residents said that paddy lands are being filled on either sides of the main road from Galewela to Dambulla. Authorities have not taken any step to prevent the situation, they said.

They said that the paddy fields have been abandoned and reclaimed in various illegal ways. They said that such illegal activities are caried out with the support of local politicians and certain government officials.

Some businessmen and local politicians are involved in these activities causing severe damages to the environment, the residents said.

They said that even if the relevant authorities know about these illegal activities, they do not take any action against them.

The residents said that more attention should be paid by the authorities since such activities can harm the environment severely in the future.