Tourists in Sri Lanka protected by demolition of illegal hotels and bars in Matara-Mirissa south-coast zone
The safety of tourists on the paradise beaches of southern Sri Lanka has been reinforced with the destruction of 21 illegal hotels and bar restaurants.
ColomboPage reports a Coast Conservation Department spokesman as saying that “unauthorized constructions have been demolished for the safety of tourists due to harassment of several foreigners on April 8.
“The aim is to prevent problems to local and foreign tourists, ensuring their safety and protecting natural beauty of the environment.”
The police deployed more officers and kept the anti-riot squad and tear gas on standby ready for any confrontations with the residents or owners of the demolished properties.
Coast conservation and coastal resource said that the unauthorized structures were in the Matara—Mirissa coastal tourist zone.
Destruction followed orders by President Maithripala Sirisena in the wake of harassment and assault of female Dutch tourists on April 8. A number of local ‘beach boys’ were arrested and charged.