Integrated development plan for Adam's Peak
Plans are afoot to develop the Adam's Peak sacred area together with
several other temples in the Nallathanni area on par with other sacred
places under the Adam's Peak Development Project according to Urban
Development and Sacred Area Development Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.
He said that Adam's Peak was the only religious place honoured
equally by Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus in Sri Lanka.
The Urban Development Authority (UDA) will implement the project
along with the National Physical Planning Department.
Minister Gunawardane expressed confidence that on the completion of
the proposed projects a solution would be found to the difficulties
faced by the devotees during the pilgrim season.
The existing structures and the business stalls are to be replaced by
more permanent structures. There are more than 400 unauthorised
structures in this area including unauthorised business stalls.
Environment Organisations have cautioned that the existing structures
may cause heavy damage to the environment, Minister Gunawardane added.
The proposed development drive will be environment friendly and will
cause no damages to tranquil set up. It is also planned to minimise the
risk of natural disasters in the area and also eliminate traffic jams
witnessed during the pilgrim season through this new development
Accordingly, a bus halt, trade stalls, a pilgrims rest hall will be
constructed. Drinking water and sanitation facilities too will be
provided for the benefit of pilgrims. The flight of steps leading to
Adam's Peak and the temples in these area will also be developed under
the Adam's Peak Development Project.