Protest in Galle against mini hydro power project | Daily News

Protest in Galle against mini hydro power project



A large number of villagers of Dellava in Neluwa, Galle gathered in Galle city staged a demonstration demanding the cessation of work on a mini hydro power station on the bank of Aanda Dola, in Hiniduma electorate today.

The people who gathered under the banner of Aanda Dola Protection Organisation objected to the mini hydro power station since its inception. However, the authorities who turned down the public demand, allowed the constructing private firm to continue the work on the disputed power station.

The villagers claim that the construction of mini power station will end the existence of the treasured natural waterway and destroy the natural attractions of the surroundings.

The protestors alleged that the state authorities allowed a private company to initiate an environmentally destructive project leading to extreme devastation of a priceless natural endowment. They also charged that the respective officials were prejudiced as they had been offered large sums of money by the private firm.

Incidentally the Galle District Coordinating Committee Meeting was also held today at Galle district secretariat co-chaired by Minister Chandima Weerakkody and Parliamentarian Wijepala Hettiarachchi. The issue of hydro power station was taken up at the discussion as a priority matter.

The DCC resolved to suspend the work of the mini hydro power station and called for a comprehensive report of the special committee appointed for the evaluation of the environmental impact of the power project.

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