Woes of Norochcholai’s residents cast dark shadows on proposed Sampur coal power plant

Woes of Norochcholai’s residents cast dark shadows on proposed Sampur coal power plant

Woes of Norochcholai’s residents cast dark shadows on proposed Sampur coal power plant

Written by Staff Writer

29 Mar, 2016 | 8:35 pm

The proposed Sampur Coal Power Plant has led to much controversy, with several issues being highlighted over the impact caused by the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant.

News 1st, together with the Environmental Foundation, visited several areas surrounding the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant and witnessed its effects on the agriculture and fisheries industries in the area.

The Norochcholai Coal Power Plant is located in Narakkalliya in Puttalam. There exists a brinjal cultivation located on the border, which has been destroyed due to the effects of the power plant. Many cultivations in the area are ample evidence that this is in fact fertile ground.

People of the area noted that they set up the saplings initially, but along with the winds, the fly ashes cover the whole area. Thus, the cultivation has not brought forth a good harvest.

They added that at present they are compelled to leave their houses. Even though the cultivations are in a good state, the absence of proper employment has become an issue.

Such a situation has also affected the health situation of the people of the area. Following the construction of the power plant, many residents are suffering from various illnesses. The people also added that when they drink water,  they get a stomach ache.

Illanthadiya, which is a fishing village, has also been affected by the activities of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant.

The people noted that when the coal is unloaded, some of it falls to the sea, which results in loss of fish. Explaining further, they noted that with the construction, a large amount of sea erosion takes place. The loss of fish, they said is also cause for concern, as they could not get a catch of even  ten kilogrammes of fish, compared to the 100 kilogrammes of fish that they were able to catch before.

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