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The minister of education tours Pahiyangala and calls for a multi-disciplinary report on the possible landslide risk from the relevant officers.

 
 
 
 
1The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam instructed the relevant officers to call for a multi-disciplinary report about the historical Pahiyangala cave that has been endangered with landslide. The minister gave these instructions after visiting the Pahiyangala cave recently (04) and observing the present situation of the premises and also after considering the information revealed at the discussions held with the subject experts and the officers. Accordingly, the measures have been taken to obtain this report immediately connecting the experts from several subjects such as Archeology, Engineering, Architecture and Geology. This report is scheduled to be taken by joining the experts of several subjects such as Archeology, Engineering, Architecture and Geology.   
 
In addition to this, the lives of nearly 30 monks who live in a nearby temple have also been endangered due to possible landslide. The minister has instructed the Director of Central Cultural Fund Professor Parishantha Gunawardana to make necessary arrangements for constructing a temporary lodging for the protection of these monks as warnings have been issued by the relevant sections.    
 
It is a national duty to protect and conserve for the future generation the historical Pahiyangala cave which is famous as the largest natural cave in Sri Lanka and having 58,000 years of prehistoric heritage. The minister has emphasized that the relevant conservation work must be started drawing full attention to the protection of this site which has a wide recognition locally and internationally with tourist, historical and archeological value.     
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