Cabinet decides to implement recommendations on Uma-Oya

Cabinet has decided to implement a set of recommendations on the Uma-Oya project.

The recommendations includes paying compensations for those affected by the project.

As the Chairman of the subcommittee, the proposal made by Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and state Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to implement the recommendations of the committee with immediate effect, to provide relief to the affected families was approved by the cabinet.

The recommendations include:
    Construction of six large scale underground wells in suitable places after conducting a proper study.
    Implementation of a special programme to provide water tanks for persons who has not yet received water tanks within next two weeks.
    Transferring of 20 Tractor bowers of the ministry of Home Affairs to Badulla District Secretary for strengthening the water distribution process.
    Accelerate the process of paying compensation for damaged properties.
    Improve the efficiency of the National Building Research Institute by establishing a special unit.
    Provide Rs.100 million to the provincial council for rehabilitation of rural roads in affected areas.
    Strengthening of Jana Sahana Secretariat, which is already being established to provide reliefs.
    Review the progress of relief operation fortnightly and monthly
    Allocation of funds by budget 2018, to accelerate the Constructions of proposed water supply scheme in Bandarawela
    Release of allocations of Rs.100 million for reconstruction of affected small reservoirs.
    Grant the ownership of Lands identified for resettlement to relevant families through Bandarawela Divisional Secretary with immediate effect
    Provide additional Financial allocations required to rehabilitate affected schools
    Granting of a two year Concessionary period for payment of housing and agricultural loan instalments
    Implement a special alternative livelihood Development plan in affected areas
    Sealing of the water leaking in the tunnel by the Iranian Company
    Re-Consideration of future excavation of the project only on recommendations made by International Experts and a Domestic Committee of expert.

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