Sampanthan to raise concerns over Sampur with India

Sampanthan-60000-1Tamil National Alliance (TNA) chief R Sampanthan has said that he will discuss with the Indian High Commission the “substantial” environmental problems that will be created if India sets up a 500 MW coal-fired power plant at Sampur in Eastern Sri Lanka.

“people of the area have been telling me about the substantial pollution and environmental damage which will be caused and have accused me of not taking any action on it. A solar powered plant in place of the coal-fired one is very much in my mind,” he told the New Indian Express.

Sri Lankan environmentalists quote the US-based Union of Concerned Scientists to say that a 500 MW coal fired plant will release, every year, 10,000 tons of Sulfur Dioxide (the main cause of acid rain); 10,200 tons of Nitrogen Oxide, which causes smog; 3.7 million tones of CO2, a leading cause of global warning; 500 tons of small particles which cause lung damage; 720 tons of Carbon Monoxide, which causes global warming and 2.2 billion tons of warm water, which when released into the sea will bleach corals and destroy marine life.

According to observers, India may already be thinking of setting up a solar plant at Sampur. Since the National Thermal Power Corporation, which is to set up the coal fired plant, had not been enthusiastic about the Lankan venture, others in the Indian solar energy sector may have to be tapped. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. “Ontario is going coal-free. The largest coal-burning power plant in North America, Nanticoke Generating Station on the north shore of Lake Erie, stopped burning coal from November 2013.

    The largest coal-burning power plant in North America, Nanticoke Generating Station on the north shore of Lake Erie, stopped burning coal in the year 2013. Year. The Nanticoke Generating Station alone produced nearly 18 million tonnes of CO2 in 2005, the equivalent of 3.7 million cars on the road. Premier Wynne also announced new legislation – the Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act – which will permanently ban coal-fired electricity from the province, making Ontario the first jurisdiction in North America to do so.

    Why cannot we Sri Lankans learn the good things about environment from the Canadians at least?

    Is President Maithripala Sirisena taken for a “ride” on this issue of setting-up coal power plants all over Sri Lanka, when the President is championing the cause of Environment and pollution for the future generations of our “Maathruboomiya”. Who are the political culprits conniving with the foreign multilaterals to set-up these environment polluting giants and the government officials who want to get kick-back on the coal that they will import to Sri Lanka from India, Australia and Indonisea.

    NO TO COAL POWER TO SAMPOOR OR TRINCOMALEE DISTRICT PLEASE. NO TO POLUTION OF TAMILS AND MUSLIM VILLAGES IN SAMPOOR AND MUTUR. The Muslims of Trincomalee District, especially in the districts of Mutur, Sampoor and Kinniya support TNA and Sambandan of his stand.

    Noor Nizam. Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP Stalwart and former SLFP District Organizer – Trincomalee District and Convener “The Muslim Voice”.

  2. Mr.Sambanthan

    You have continued to damage the integrity , dignity, and self esteem of every Tamil individual after Prabaharan. Prabahran went in one direction damaging the Tamils and you in another. Your days are numbered. You are all self centred and hypocritical people leading a luxurious life in the name of the Tamil people.


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