Illegal restaurants and pubs along Mirissa beach to be removed

Illegal restaurants and pubs along the Mirissa beach will be removed from next month, the Coast Conservation Department said today.

Officials said that demolishing the illegal structures will begin on May 8 in Mirissa and continue along other areas as well.

The move follows the recent incident involving a group of Dutch tourists.

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) had this week ordered the Water Creatures Beach Guest Restaurant & Surf Bar to be closed following an assault on some foreign tourists.

The Police had later arrested several suspects over the incident and they were remanded by court.

It was reported that four tourists including a Dutch male and two women were assaulted at the Surf Bar in Mirissa on 8th April when they resisted the suspects attempting to sexually harass the women. (Colombo Gazette)

Report by Indika Sri Aravinda