Cabinet Greenlights Anuradhapura Maha Vihara Excavation and Conservation Project
January 10, Colombo (LNW): In a recent Cabinet session chaired by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, the proposal to undertake excavation and conservation efforts at the Mahavihara received approval. Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana, the Cabinet Spokesman and Minister of Mass Media, disclosed this decision during the weekly Cabinet media briefing held at the Government Information Department.
Recognizing the profound religious and historical significance of the Anuradhapura Maha Viharaya in Sri Lanka, the initiative to conduct exploration and conservation work under the direct oversight of the Department of Archaeology and the Central Cultural Fund has been emphasized.
To facilitate this, Professor Robin Cunningham, an esteemed foreign expert in archaeology with a wealth of international experience, submitted a detailed project report. This report, commissioned by the President, outlines a comprehensive plan for the exploration, excavation, and conservation of the Mahavihara.
The proposed project aims to execute these endeavors within a structured timeline, spanning six years from 2024 to 2029.