Environmentalists emphasise that the area is crucial to the survival of the pachyderm population in the area.
Quoting a news article published by 'Sri Lanka Mirror' on this regard, the minister has published a post on his Facebook wall, thanking social media for raising awareness on this regard.
"I am extremely grateful to the social media activists for taking a proactive role to make the public aware of incidents of this nature, Mr. Rajapaksa has said.
"The approval for this project in Kala Weva area had been given in the year 2018, under the former Minister of Environment and Mahaweli Development, Hon. Maithripala Sirisena. However, as the current Minister in charge of Mahaweli, I have immediately instructed the Director General of Mahaweli Authority to conduct a formal investigation and report to me, he has added."
The Facebook posted published by Minister Rajapaksa is as follows :
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