Work on Navatkuliya Chaithya to resume

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By 2017-07-17

BY PANCHAMEE HEWAVISSENTI

The stalled construction work on the Navatkuliya Sri Samiddhi Sumana Viharaya in Jaffna has re-commenced following the verdict given by the Chavakachcheri Magistrate S. Chandraratnam on 7 July.

Speaking to Ceylon Today the chief incumbent of the Sri Samiddhi Sumana Viharaya Ven. Hanwelle Ratanasiri Thera said that he has already informed the related parties to re-commence the construction work on the Chaithya that came to a standstill after the Chavakachcheri Pradeshiya Sabha declined to grant permission to carry out further work.

There are over 60 Buddhist families living in the Navatkuliya village and the temple was constructed as a place of worship for the residents and is registered under the Buddhists Affairs Department of the Ministry of Buddha Sasana.

However, the Chavakachcheri Pradeshiya Sabha impeded the construction work on the Chaithya by rejecting to grant permission for further work.

A case filed by the Chavakachcheri Pradeshiya Sabha against the construction of the Chaithya was taken up for hearing at the Chavakachcheri Magistrate Court on 7 July. The Chavakachcheri Magistrate S. Chandrasekeran ordered the Chavakachcheri Pradeshiya Sabha to permit the construction of the temple's Chaithya without any hindrance.

"Buddhism should be given the foremost place and the duty of the state is to protect and foster the Buddha Sasana," Ven. Hanwelle Ratanasiri Thera said.

He added that many extremist politicians in the North are attempting to impede the development of the temple. The estimated cost for the construction of the 60-foot chaithya is Rs 10 million.

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