Posted on 10.12.2018 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
The Supreme Court ordered to find out the reasons for the delay in paying the compensation for the people affected by the Uma Oya Project. This order was given on the 10th of October 2018.
The court made this order when taking up the fundamental rights petition filed by the farmers affected by the Uma Oya multi-purpose project.
The petition was filed against the Secretary to the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, N. Rupasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Irrigation and Agriculture, the Central Environment Authority and the Attorney General by Mr M.D.P. Manatunga, a resident of Bandarawela along with fur other individuals affected by the Uma Oya multi-purpose project and the Centre for Environmental Justice.
The petitioners had revealed to the courts through their petition that the water of the Uma Oya and Mahathotilla Oya had been taken to Monaragala in the Dry zone via an underground tunnel. Further the petitioners had complained that as a result of the Uma Oya project, not only their homes and crops had been destroyed, they had lost access to clean drinking water as well. Nearly 13000 people belong to 1200 families had been affected due to this project. The petitioners pointed out that this project had been implemented without proper evaluation and people belong to 10 villagers had been completely homeless. Some of their houses were completely damaged and some were partially damaged. Therefore the petitioners appealed to the courts to announce that granting the license to implement the project was illegal.
The case will be heard again on the 11th of February 2019.
The people lined up to fight against the Uma Oya project to make aware that development will not take place by depriving the privileges such as water, homes and land from certain group of people. However they say that the whole project is a failure. But later on the groups who led the fight did not move forward till the end. It appeared as merely a protest against the government and ultimately the whole fight ended as a failure. Now the victims of the Uma Oya project are fighting to get the compensation leaving aside the struggle against the whole project.