The Jaffna Municipal Council turned down a proposal to put forward by the Sri Lankan Chief Buddhist Monk of Naga Vihara temple in Jaffna to construct a religious shrine in the middle of Ariya Kulam pond located near the temple. The pond is a protected site under the Department of Archaeology.
The proposed building was similar to the floating shrine located at Gangarama temple in Colombo.
Jaffna Mayor V. Manivannan wrote to the Monk saying that the Council decided not to allow the construction of this complex.
Sri Lankan government uses Buddhist monks to implement land grabbing and structural genocidal activities in the North and East, which was a Tamil homeland before the British rule.