A tourist hotel is being built in jewelled hill (Al-Rohun,Siripada ,Shiva padam , Adem s peak )

A tourist hotel is being built in Marewattha in Sirpada (Adam’s peak ) forest ,Sri Lanka . The project was started in 2013 and it belonged to Basila Rajapakse , brother of former president Mahinda Rajepakse .
A cabinet paper was brought to parliament by Mahinda Rajapakse in 2013 to allocate 99 acres from Adam’s peak sanctuary for cable car and tourist hotel projects. At the time they started to build the hotel project without any environmental impact assessment and any permission from Center environment Authority, wild life department, and Agrological department or Environment ministry.
The illegal hotel projects were stopped in the same year, due to the protest of environmentalist and left politicians. But same hotel project has being started under Yahapalana government.
According to gazette notice 8675/1940/oct /25 Adams peak has been declared as a sanctuary under flora and fauna act. This sanctuary became under UNESCO world heritage in 2010. and it is prohibited to destroy such kind of world heritage.
Adam’s Peak (also Sri Pada; Sinhalese Samanalakanda Butterfly Mountain”; Arabic Al-Rohun, and also Sri Paadaya”; Tamil Sivanolipatha Malai is a 2,243 m (7,359 ft) tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is well known for the Sri Pada, i.e., “sacred footprint”, a 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) rock formation near the summit, which in Buddhist tradition is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that ofShiva and in Islamic and Christian tradition that of Adam, or that of St. Thomas.Due to its significance to the various people that inhabit the country, the mountain is referred to by a variety of names.
The often used Sri Pada is derived from Sanskrit, used by the Sinhalese people in a religious context; this name also has meaning in Pāli, and may be translated roughly as “the sacred foot”. It refers to the footprint-shaped mark at the summit, which is believed by Buddhists to be that of the Buddha. Christian and Islamic traditions assert that it is the footprint of Adam, left when first setting foot on Earth after having been cast out of paradise, giving it the name “Adam’s Peak”.[citation needed] Hindu tradition refers to the footprint as that of the Hindu deityShiva, and thus names the mountain Shiva padam (Shiva’s foot) in Tamil. Tamils may also use the name Shivanolipatha Malai to refer to the mountain.
Another Sinhala name for the mountain is Samanalakanda, which refers either to the deity Saman, who is said to live upon the mountain, or to the butterflies (samanalayā) that frequent the mountain during their annual migrations to the region. The name Sri Paada, however, is the more commonly used.
Other local and historic names include Ratnagiri (“jewelled hill”), Samantakuta (“Peak of Saman”), Svargarohanam (“the climb to heaven”), Mount Rohana and other variations on the root Rohana.
The mountain is located in the southern reaches of the Central Highlands, in the Ratnapura District and Nuwara Eliya district of the Sabaragamuwa Province and Central Province —lying about 40 km northeast of the city of Ratnapura and 32 km southwest of the city of Hatton. The surrounding region is largely forested hills, with no mountain of comparable size nearby. The region along the mountain is a wildlife reserve, housing many species varying from elephants to leopards, and including many endemic species.
Adam’s Peak is important as a watershed. The districts to the south and the east of Adam’s Peak yield precious stones—emeralds, rubies and sapphires, for which the island has been famous, and which earned for its ancient name of Ratnadvipa
Raveendra Kariyawasam

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