RESIDENTS PROTEST AGAINST ONGOING DREDGING
They say this has resulted in sea erosion in Oluvil village and its surroundings
Residents of Oluvil area and its environs in the Ampara district staged a protest against the ongoing dredging of Oluvil Port that resulted in sea erosion in Oluvil village and the surrounding area. They pointed out that the project had caused extensive environmental damage including sea erosion.
The villagers said they experienced sea erosion in the area only after implementing of the port project and now several buildings in the port including the light house were in danger of collapse. They pointed out that a vast area of the village had undergone sea erosion causing damage to houses and plantations.
“The South Eastern University campus has been affected by sea erosion, but the Coast Conservation Department had failed to take any preventive measures. Thousands of coconut trees have fallen and several buildings are in danger of collapse. This disastrous situation would be worsened if the dredging of the port continued. The entire Oluvil village would be obliterated from the map very soon as Oluvil port is an ill-planned project,” a protestor M.S. Ubhayatullah said.
They requested the Coast Conservation Department to look into the danger facing a large population in the area and to refrain from further dredging of the port.
The South Eastern University campus has been affected by sea erosion, but the Coast Conservation Department had failed to take any preventive measures