SPECIAL REPORT : Untouched beauty of Eli-Hatha under seige (VIDEO)

SPECIAL REPORT : Untouched beauty of Eli-Hatha under seige (VIDEO)

Written by Tharushan Fernando

15 Jan, 2016 | 7:22 pm

The magnificent 100m-high Eli Hatha Falls encapsulates a series of seven falls, perched in the high peaks of the Babaragala area.It is a sight to behold and at a distance the waterfall appears like streams of milk rushing down the mountainside. This exuberant and spectacular waterfalls are located off Uda Malimbada, Deraniyagala.

The Naya Ganga which springs to life from the furthest summits of the Samanala Adaviya Nature Reserve transforms itself into these seven waterfalls, as it makes its journey down stream.

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Inspecting the dried up remains of the second waterfall

Water flowing to the second waterfall of Eli hatha has been obstructed by a miniature dam and the water retained is funneled into a large pipe which transports the water to a private hydro power plant. As a result of this situation, water no longer flows to the first waterfall of Eli Hatha.

Environmentalists charge that such a construction within the confines of an identified nature reserve is a clear violation of the Flora and Fauna Protection Ordinance of 1937 as well as the Forest Ordinance of 1908.

Chairman of Eli Hatha Protection Committee,Chandana Warnakula stated that the beauty of this majestic body of water has been restricted to a pipe and whilst other countries are spending millions to protect their natural heritage, people in Sri Lanka spends millions to cause damage to natural heritage and this being orchestrated by cooperation and officials who are out to earn a quick buck

The view from the top of the second waterfall

The view from the top of the second waterfall

For the past decade, the people of Deraniyagala have been voiceless, but have fought a long-drawn battle to stop the destruction of Eli Hatha.The hydro power project has clearly had an adverse effect on the environment and unwittingly had also impacted many species in the area.

A resident stated that this area was filled with medicinal plants such as but they are turning this area into a concrete haven similar to Colombo.

He added that there used to be clean pure water, but after six days of sunshine they have to supply water from Avisawella and if this continues Eli Hatha will be lost forever.

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A glimpse of the natural beauty at stake

Eli Hatha is not the only location that is under threat due to human intervention in UdaMalimbada, Deraniyagala. Stay tuned for another report on Saturday (Jan 16th)

Eli Hatha under seigeNatural beauty of the Eli Hatha being threatened by a private hydro power projectFull story : http://goo.gl/RFKKZw

Posted by Newsfirst.lk on Friday, 15 January 2016

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