Posted on 04.07.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
In the situation where the people’s complains and protests are continuously unheeded by the politicians regarding the large scale of environmental damage in the course of processing the Chunnakam diesel power station, the struggle continued by the environmentalists, lawyers with the progressive forces, concluded with a huge victory of a court decision.
The environmentalist Ravindra Kariyawasam and the Attorney-at-law Nuwan Bopage expressing the ideas that, the court has decided to pay the compensations for the residents around the effected area of the Chunnakam Diesel Power Station because of the impurities released by the said power station contaminated in to the water resources in these area.
The court case 2015/141/CSC was filed to the high court to bring the justice for the environmental damages, deterioration of the health condition of the residents, and the agricultural and livestock effectiveness. Concluding this case,The Judge told that this was a historic verdict.
In India in 1987, Judicial system added this law point to the justice system for the first time. According to that, In the court,any one who is accusing any sort of environmental damages, he or she does not necessarily have to prove the accusation but the accused do have to prove that there is no any environmental damages from their institution in to the environment. The very first time in Sri Lanka, the judicial system used this law point in Chunnakam case. There for this verdict as well as the Eppawala Phosphate Deposit case can be considered as cases which added a new dimension
in to the Sri Lankan court system. Specially the court ordered to pay 20 millions for the residents of the effected area of Chunnakam and if the owners of the power station have the idea of starting again this station, they do have to prove that they should have a standard water purification system, standard burnt oil purification system, accepted holding system. If the authority is not in a position to fulfill these conditions, they definitely have to stop this power station forever.
In the face of not complying their responsibilities including the Central Environment Authority and the number of responsible institutions, Ravindra Kariyawasam and group as environmentalists and Nuwan Bopage, Charitha Weththasingha with other group as lawyers took the responsibility to win this case even without charging any money.
In this case, no any politicians appeared for the people’s side as usual but the politicians showed biased to the power station. It is confirmed again and again that the people’s victories and the safety of the environment not get achieved by the politicians’ so called separate concepts but by the common people’s united dedications.
Contributing his commitments to achieve this victory, environmentalist Ravindra Kariyawasam expressed his ideas that the people should understand that the environmental problem is a political problem,therefore the more and more people should come forward to fight together to protect the environment.