Persons affected by Uma Oya project mark the dawn of the New Year (watch video)

Persons affected by Uma Oya project mark the dawn of the New Year (watch video)

Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara

14 Apr, 2015 | 7:49 pm

Residents who had to endure a severe lack of water due to the adverse effects of the Uma Oya multi-purpose development project marked the dawn of the Sinhala and Tamil New year in an different way today.

Since it’s inception, the Uma Oya multi-purpose development project has given rise to many issues for the people of Badulla and Bandarawela. When persons who claimed that the project would bring development to the country forgot that these villages exist, the People living in the area not only lost their homes but also their water sources.

A project that was supposed to provide water to the entire nation resulted in a number of areas having to depend on water bowsers for their day to day needs.

According to tradition, the first transaction that takes place in the New Year is between the head of the household and their well. However as these residents were unable to carry this transaction due to the drying up of their wells, they resorted to something else.

The first transaction of the New Year was carried out between a representative of the residents and their primary source of water at present, the water bowser. This took place opposite the Heeloya train station in Bandarawela.

 

ජලය සිදුණු ගමක බවුසර් ජල ගනුදෙනුවPublic affected by the Uma Oya project engage in New Year traditions in a backdrop where they have no water in their wells.Stay tuned for more details …

Posted by Newsfirst.lk on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

 

Meanwhile area residents of Makuluella, Heeloya, Waragalathenna, Kurundugolla and Egodagama also gathered at this location to perform the tradition of kindling the hearth on the side of the road.

Area residents charge that even though the Uma Oya project has been temporarily halted, relevant officials continue to remain silent about their fate.

Persons affected by Uma Oya project mark the dawn of the New Year Full story : http://goo.gl/tc2pTT

Posted by Newsfirst.lk on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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