Written by Staff Writer
26 Dec, 2015 | 4:48 pm
Residents whose property were damaged by the Uma Oya project began a protest in the Bandarawela town on Saturday, December 26
The protesters said that cracks have begun to appear in hosues in the Alla, Bandarawela and Welimada areas and that water levels in well have receded as a result of the project. They added that although a year had passed by, the government has not yet initiated necessary steps with regard to the issue.
When Newsfirst made inquiries about the matter from the District Secretary of Badulla Nimal Abeyasiri, he said that a programme has been initiated by the government to address the issue and that the process will take time. He went on to note that immediate solutions cannot be provided to the problem.
Around 500 locals from Makul-Ella who have been affected by the Uma Oya Multipurpose Development project took part in the demonstration.They charge that the Project had resulted in houses in Ella , Bandarawela and Welimada be crazed with cracks.They added that many wells in the area have also dried up. The demonstrators also noted that authorities promised to provide compensation to them over a year, and this has not been carried out as yet.
UNP MP Chaminda Wijesiri and Uva Provincial Councilor Samantha Vidyarathna were also present during the demonstration.
JVP Uva Provincial Councilor,Samantha Vidyarathna rearding the issue stated that its been a year and the people are yet to be compensated and discussions were held with the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Former Chief Minister Harin Fernando but nothing was given and around 2000 houses suffer from cracks and this is not only in the Bandarawela electorate and court orders have been taken against the people speak for their right to obtain water
The demonstrators dispersed when UNP MP,Chaminda Wijesiri stated that the Prime Minster will attend the matter once he is back in the Island
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