Complaints galore over quarries that damage homes

Complaints galore over quarries that damage homes

Complaints galore over quarries that damage homes

Written by Staff Writer

11 Jul, 2020 | 9:51 pm

COLOMBO (News1st): Public complaints have arisen over eight sand quarries operating in Ampara leaving damages to nearby homes.

The number of quarries in the area that stood at four had risen after four more quarries began operations during the last year and a half.

Area residents complain that this has posed health risks to their children who also find it difficult to study due to the noice caused by the quarry.

“Shouldn’t they be mindful when engaging in these activities? Why is this injustice being done to us?,” one resident told News 1st.

The Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) said permission has been given to five quarries with the approval of the divisional secretary for road development activities.

It said that complaints have been received regarding the damages caused to houses as a result of the blasting activities at the site of quarry.

” By next week, we will take the necessary action over this,” GMSB Chairman Anura Walpola told News 1st.

Concerns have also been raised over quarries operating in Katharagama for the last three years, and also sand mining on the edge of a forest reserve.

Area residents say that water bodies have dried up as a result of these activities, and has affected farming activities.

“Officials pass through these areas. We can only question whether they are blind and deaf over this problem,” one villager remarked.

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