The Central Environmental Authority has been instructed by the Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera to designate river conservation zones for all rivers in the island with immediate effect. He has instructed yesterday to take action to remove illegal dwellers who are currently occupying the lands along the river banks. He has instructed to ensure they do not engage in any construction or cultivation activities at least 150 meters from a river and to relocate them. 1,544 water have been identified in the Nuwara Eliya District, 204 in Kandy, 19 in Kurunegala, 210 in Moneragala and 2 in the Matale Districts. There are 103 rivers in Sri Lanka. But so far no river conservation zones were demarcated to protect the network.
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