Uma Oya Project and the long wait for compensation

Uma Oya Project and the long wait for compensation

Uma Oya Project and the long wait for compensation

Written by Staff Writer

21 Feb, 2016 | 8:21 pm

Around 1200 families were left in distress following the commencement of the Uma Oya project in 2008, with financial aid from the Export Development Bank of Iran.

The situation aggravated on December 24, 2014 when water started leaking from the Karandagolla tunnel of the Uma Oya project, for nearly two months.

Amidst the environmental and social issues, the Uma Oya project came to a temporary standstill.

Compensation was swept under the carpet.

On March 6 last year, the matter was brought to the attention of the country through the News1st Gammedda programme.

Even though a year has lapsed since this promise was made, no compensation has been made as yet.

Today, locals of this community presented their grievances to JVP Leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

Leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake says that rulers of the previous government also surrendered to commissions, adding that the current rulers too have surrendered to these commissions.

He also says that this land was once known to nourish its locals with clean drinking water – and today these people are forced to use water according to a schedule.

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