Regaining the Coast

The government is going ahead with plans for a ‘no-building’ zone along the island’s coast. The government is going ahead with plans for a ‘no-building’ zone along the island’s coast. “We have already started putting temporary markers on the 100m zone. The Coast Conservation Department will fix the permanent markers. Then we will demarcate it on the national grid,” said the Surveyor General, B J P Mendis, on Wednesday.

Around 600 government surveyors are now on the southern and eastern beaches setting out the new boundaries for tsunami reconstruction.

This includes a 100m no-building zone along the beaches in the southern and western parts of the island and a 200m no-building zone in the north and the east.

The Survey Department hopes to complete the temporary demarcations of the entire island by the end of February.

“We can finish this before the end of the month,” said Mendis.

Meanwhile the government is drawing up plans for a ‘coastal green belt’ that will conserve the local beaches, coral reefs and sand dunes.

“A coastal green belt project is now set up for