Government insists Galle stadium will remain but MR pavilion will go

The Government today insisted that the Galle stadium will remain but the Mahinda Rajapaksa pavilion will be removed.

Minister Sagala Ratnayake said that there was no demand by UNESCO to remove the Galle stadium.

He said the concern is over the new pavilion constructed at the stadium when the former Government was in office.

The joint opposition raised concerns in Parliament today over moves to remove the stadium as Galle risked losing the UNESCO world heritage site status.

Higher Education Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that the stadium will not be removed as the issue is only over the unauthorised constructions within the premises.

Sports Minister Faizer Mustapha said that the Galle stadium has been a good venue for Sri Lanka cricket and so efforts must be taken to protect the stadium and the world heritage status of Galle. (Colombo Gazette)

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