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GSMB to explore Seruwawila gold deposit

The Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) has decided to explore further the gold and other deposits in Seruwawila.

The gold, iron and copper deposits that have been reported from Seruwawila were first explored in 1970 and the mineral exploration technology is now more advanced than it was at the time of the exploration.

Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that the GSMB has been instructed to carry out scientific surveys in this regard further.

He was addressing a media briefing at the Environment Ministry yesterday.

Ministry Secretary Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that reportedly the deposit contains copper, iron and gold. He said that he had a discussion with the GSMB, Wildlife, Forest Conservation, and other relevant officials yesterday on the subject.

It has been identified that about 90 per cent of the grids of the reserve belong to the Forest Department. “But we know that the country could be given an advantage only by studying the facts scientifically. Therefore, I instructed the GSMB to submit a report today (12) on the exploratory methodology that could be followed in this regard. Accordingly, we will submit a report to the Wildlife State Ministry and the Forest Conservation Department to conduct an environmental assessment,” he said.

He said that based on a scientific exploration, how much mineral is contained in this deposit could be estimated.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera commenting on the unauthorised filling of Muthurajawela said that no person or institution has been given permission to fill Muthurajawela or use its land.

He said that government officials and certain underworld figures were involved in the land filling and that various parties were providing him information in this regard.

Ministry Secretary Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that as the boundaries of the Muthurajawela Wet Sanctuary have not yet been demarcated, various individuals are taking over the area.

“Although the boundaries are set by GPS technology, they are not marked on the ground. Therefore, gazetting without proper procedures is creating serious problems,” the Secretary said.