25th November 2016 18:00:59 Hours
Troops of the Security Force Headquarters - Central (SFHQ-C) at the request of Haputale Divisional Secretary, Mr K.B.A.M.S Abeykoon, threw their full weight behind the inaugural ‘Punarudaya’ (revival) National Drive for Conservation of Wetlands and Environment, launched on Friday (25) at Bingethenna Grama Niladhari sector on the directives of the Presidential Secretariat.
More than 180 Army personnel, together with a gathering of civilians, including state officials planted 500 saplings during the day’s inauguration in Bingethenna area, following coordination, made by Sri Lanka Mahaweli Authority, Badulla District Secretariat, Haputale Divisional Secretariat, SFHQ-C, Police and civil organizations.
Ven. Ellewela Sobhitha Thero, resident monk at Diyatalawa - Menikkanda Vimalagiri Viharaya performed religious observances at the outset before the Divisional Secretary for Haputale made a brief speech outlining the motive and the productivity behind the success of this environment-friendly project.
Major General P.U.S Vithanage, Commander, Security Forces - Central joined the organizers of the project and planted those tree saplings in the company of state officials, other attendees and Army troops.
Troops serving several Brigades and formations contributed to the programme on Friday (25).