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Three specific proposals for settling dispute over Kurundi

The Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Ministry has recommended three specific proposals to settle the continuing dispute over the ancient Kurundi Temple.

According to a statement issued by Parliament yesterday (27), the Ministry has proposed the allocation of three acres of land outside the Kurundi reserve for the construction of a temple and a kovil for public use.

In addition, the Ministry has proposed a fresh survey of the Kurundi area by an expert committee and the issuance of gazettes pertaining to identified archaeological sites.

The recommendations were announced by the relevant ministerial consultative committees chaired by Upul Mahendra Rajapaksa and Lalith Warnakumara.

The statement issued by the Parliament quoted the Secretary to the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs as having told the joint meeting of Consultative Committees that Kurundi belonged to all communities as it was identified as a Buddhist archaeological site.

The meeting was told that in terms of a gazette issued in 2013 Kurundi reserve comprised 229 acres of land that had been identified through the GPS technology


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