UNESCO has warned that Galle Fort would be removed from the list of world heritage sites, if those constructions are not removed.
In light of that warning, prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe gave instructions at a meeting on June 24 to dismantle ‘unauthorized constructions’ in the Galle Fort and its environs.
Minister Vajira Abeywardena told the meeting that the children and people of Galle should have the Galle stadium as a public stadium.
However, considering the need for an international stadium in Galle, one will be built near the southern expressway at Pinnaduwa, he said.
On July 18, the Archaeology Department, UDA and SLC had a meeting, where SLC gave no promise to dismantle ‘unauthorized constructions’, BBC Sinhala Service quoted SLC media manager Prasanna Rodrigo as saying.
The Galle Municipal Council handed over the stadium to SLC by a lease agreement in 1998 for a 30 year period.
In addition to the Galle stadium, the southern province has another international level stadium in Mahinda Rajapaksa stadium at Suriyawewa.
The Portuguese built the Galle Fort after invading the coastal areas of the island in 1588.
After them, the Dutch and the English expanded the fort.
It was declared a world heritage site in 1988 by UNESCO.