Tuesday, 23 October 2018

A scholarly discussion on the ‘Uma oya Project’

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A scholarly discussion on the ‘Uma Oya Project’ organized by the Department of Geography was successfully held on 18th of September 2017, at the auditorium of the Faculty of Social Sciences, with the objective of educating the undergraduates whether the Uma Oya Project was a multipurpose project or a multifaceted project.

Speaking at the discussion, Samantha Vidyaratne, Member of the Central Committee of the ‘Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna’ (JVP) said, “The western slope of the central highlands is severely damaged by the Uma Oya project. Similarly, water wells, ponds, tanks and rivers have been dried up and has created a water crisis.” He showed the photos and explained the present situation of the project. He stated that, “7037 houses have irritated walls, 3112 water wells, fountains, water bodies have been dried up completely, 23 sacred places and 7 schools have been damaged.” He also pointed out that, “no official has acted against this work since the beginning of the project, and the feasibility study has not been done properly. As such, the UDA is not a multipurpose development project, but a multifaceted project.”

Prof. A.H.M.H. Abayarathne, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences pointed out that the Uva Wellassa is an area with many historical places and this kind of a disaster has been risen because the so-called scholars in the field do not fulfill their responsibility properly when commencing this kind of projects. Therefore, it is not justifiable to accuse one party, but everyone should be responsible for it.Dr. Nishan Sakalasooriya, Head of the Department of Geography, pointed out that he had observed the destructive effect of this project and that such unsuccessful projects should not be carried out again in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Anton Jayakody who is a Senior Geologist said that the lack of a proper study of the water table in the area, insufficient understanding of the underlying rocks, drilling and environmental degradation has created many problems in the area. Among the chief guests of this scholarly discussion were Prof. A.H.M.H. Abayrathne, the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr. Nishan Sakalasooriya, the Head of the Department of Geography, Senior Geologist Anton Jayakody, Mr. Samantha Vidyaratne, a member of the Central Committee of the JVP. A large number of academic staff members and undergraduates participated in this event.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 September 2017 06:23


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