RES­I­DENTS PROTEST AGAINST ON­GO­ING DREDG­ING

They say this has re­sulted in sea ero­sion in Oluvil vil­lage and its sur­round­ings

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY WASANTHA CHANDRAPALA

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

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