Norwegian experts to arrive in August
President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government will be looked into the future activities of the Uma Oya Multipurpose Development project while giving priority to the maintenance of daily life of the public without any hindrance.
He made these remarks participating in a special discussion on the problems faced by the people affected by the above project, held at the President’s Official Residence, yesterday (30).
Representatives of the Civil Organizations also participated in this discussion and they presented the details of the issues that the people in Uva Province have to face due to this Uma Oya Project in detail at this meeting.
The President assured to speedily resolve the issues related to the housing facilities, drinking water and destruction for the crops or agricultural products.
The President further said that the Government after consulting with an Independent Technical Specialists team will look into the possibility of temporarily halting the works of project, until find solutions for the difficulties faced by the people.
Furthermore, a Norwegian Specialists team is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka at the first week of August and a Specialist from Germany has already started to investigate this issue, the President said that adding according to their ideas and suggestions, the Government will consider the possibility of taking forward this project while resolving the existing issues, minimizing the damages and utilizing the modern technology to a maximum level.
Ministers Mahinda Amaraweera, Harin Fernando, Vijith Vijithamuni Soysa, Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dasanayaka, Uva Provicial Councillor Samantha Vidyarathna, Anura Dissanayake Secretary for the Mahaweli Development & Environment, Deputy Project Director of the Uma Oya Multipurpose Development project P.B. Amarasekara and others participated on this meeting.