Hartal staged in Bandarawela against Uma-Oya project

A hartal was staged in Bandarawela today against the Uma-Oya project.

Most shops were closed during the hartal and a protest march was also staged on the streets against the project.

Several houses have been damaged as a result of the project and wells have also gone dry.

The Uma-Oya Multipurpose Development project is being implemented by the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Management in coordination with the Ministry of Power and Energy and Ceylon Electricity Board.

The plant will add 120 MW to the generation system with 230 GWh of annual energy generation. The estimated cost of the project is 529 million USD and 85% of the total project cost is provided by the Government of Iran through Export and Development Bank as a loan.

Excavation of the main access tunnel has been completed.

Meanwhile, cabinet yesterday discussed the issue which arose from the project, Minister Harin Fernando said today.

He said that a committee has been appointed to look at the issue and decide the next course of action.

The Minister however noted that suspending the project at this moment will not solve anything. (Colombo Gazette)