Court order against cutting down ‘Bo Tree’ in Pannipitiya
April 6, 2017 03:58 pm
The Supreme Court has issued a stay order preventing the Road Development Authority’s decision to cut down and remove a Bo tree located in Pannipitiya, Maharagama.
The order was issued after a fundamental rights petition submitted by a group of residents in the area including a Buddhist monk, was taken up for consideration today (6).
The petition claims that the tree is around 400 years old and that it is a sacred treasure.
The RDA had attempted to remove the tree as part of its road expansion project. However, the petitioners claim that the road expansion can be carried out without felling the tree in question.
After considering the facts presented, the Supreme Court judge bench issued a stay order temporarily preventing the removal of the tree, effective until May 09.
The case is to be taken up for hearing on the aforementioned date while the court issued notice on Minister of Highways Lakshman Kiriella and several RDA officials to appear before the court and provide testimonies.