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A media briefing to sensitize the current situation of Dambulla cave temple

dambulA media briefing was held at the Department of Government Information yesterday (04) with the headship of The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam to sensitize the current situation of the Dambulla cave temple.

At this occasion the minister explained several matters including the illegal constructions made in the premises of the historical Dambulla cave temple and the previous management done causing harm to the frescoes of the temple, the warning of removing the Dambulla cave temple from the list of world heritage, starting the conservation work according to the recommendations submitted by the Professor Varner Smith of  International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Italy which is an internationally accepted institute for frescoes preservation,

the prevailing disadvantaged situation of Dambulla cave temple becoming decayed due to the stopping of all conservation activities at the moment and the request for an inquiry made by the present incumbent of the temple Dr. Godagama Mangala Thera saying that there had been a severe financial fraud  relating to the income generated by the sale of entrance tickets during the period of management since 1996.   

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