The Wildlife Conservation Department is moving to allow the clearance of an eight-acre area of the forest for mining on an order by Environment Ministry secretary Udaya R. Seneviratne, the Trust charges.
Kotikanbokka is the main catchment for Alikota Ara, an irrigation under the Uma Oya project.
The forest to be cleared
G.S.M.B. Technical Services (Pvt.) Ltd. of no. 196/A, Ratnaweera Building, Stanley Tillekeratne Mawatha, Nugegoda, is to provide the technical support for the mining by equipment.
Acting director of the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau Sajjana Silva is trying to give permission for this illegal activity.
Kotikanbokka is a mixture of evergreen and savanna forests and a habitat for elephants among other wildlife.
A road is to be built across the forest to transport the mined white quartz.