The Ministry of National Heritage is to establish Uruma Aruna Conservation Fund which implements the activities related to conservation of places with a historical value such as Hambantota Kachcheri, ancient buildings in the vicinity of Jaffna Fort, Postal Headquarters in Colombo, ancient Kachcheri in Rathnapura and Mumtaz Mahal building and maintaining them as regional museums as proposed in the budget 2012, says Kanthi Wijetunga, Secretary, Ministry of National Heritage.
The Secretary expressed these views at a progress review meeting on the implementation of budget proposals 2012 held recently at the Treasury.
Dr. P B Jayasundera, Secretary to the Treasury and Secretary, Ministry of Finance & Planning said that the places with historical value could immensely contribute to attract foreign travellers as there is a rapid development in the tourism industry. Further, the people living in the modern complex society tend to be more attracted to tranquil places with a historical value and that has to be utilized for the upliftment of the tourism industry in this country.
It was pointed out that it is not necessary to travel to distant areas such as Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa to see antiquities and the Colombo Museum could do a great service to fulfil this need. Dr. Jayasundera requested the Ministry officials to explore the possibility of keeping the museum opened until 10.00 p.m.
Various issues related to the Department of Archeology and the steps which should be taken to overcome them were also discussed.