Sampur power plant looms over all life-forms; humans, whales, dolphins are but a few

Sampur power plant looms over all life-forms; humans, whales, dolphins are but a few

Sampur power plant looms over all life-forms; humans, whales, dolphins are but a few

Written by Staff Writer

24 Mar, 2016 | 9:32 pm

According to environmentalists, the proposed Sampur Coal Power Plant could pose a threat to the coast in the area of construction.

The Trincomalee Harbour, the second largest natural port in the world boasts of a land and sea mass ten times the size of the Colombo Harbour. Sampur is located in the Muttur Divisional Secretariat in Trincomalee. The port located to the east is the deepest natural port in the country.

Accordingly, the sea area is home to eight different species of whales and dolphins, while the coral reef provides shelter and breeding ground to many other different species. Environmentalists say that constructing a coal power plant next to a natural eco-system could pose a serious threat to nature.

They add that 93 million litres of acidic water will be released per hour from the coal power plants. They warn that this warm water could be released to the ocean.

Former President of the Bio Energy Association of Sri Lanka, Parakrama Jayasinghe stated that energy experts note that the effect of a coal power plant will be felt at a radius of 15 kilometres from the plant and the people living in those areas will be adversely affected.

Persons displaced by the water too have been housed inside the safety zone of the Sampur coal plant. Some houses can be seen located two kilometres away from the power plant.

Also, the city of Muttur city is located five kilometres away form the power plant and the Trincomalee city is eleven kilometres away.

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