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Uma Oya The Tunnel of Tears

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It was a 28 th of July 2017.Whole Bandarawela Town, which is situated in Uva Province of Sri Lanka was seems like struck in one place. All the day to day tasks were interrupted and people were protesting against ongoing ,Uma Oya” project while all the state institutes, private merchant shops ,schools and etc ,all things were closed as a part of one day protest at “Bandarawela” town. This was a very recent public uprising against “uma Oya” project, which has been controversial topic since the beginning of proposal. Then lets what is the Uma oya project and how is its history. The Uma Oya Hydropower Complex (also internally called Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project or UOMDP) is an irrigation and hydroelectric complex currently under construction in the Badulla District of Sri Lanka. Early assessments of project dates back to 1989, when the first studies was conducted by the country's Central Engineering and Consultancy Bureau. The complex involves building a dam across Dalgolla Oya, and channeling water over a 3,975 m (13,041 ft.) tunnel to Mathatilla Oya, both of which are tributaries of the Uma Oya. At Mathatilla Oya, another dam is constructed to channel 145,000,000 m3 (5.1×109 cu ft.) of waterr annum, via a 15,290 m (50,160 ft) headrace tunnel to the Uma Oya Power Station, where water then discharged to the Alikota Aru via a 3,335 m (10,942 ft.) tailrace tunnel. The Alikota Aru is a tributary of the Kirindi Oya.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 17:23 Read more...
 

Priority Bus lanes to ease traffic congestion in the streets of Colombo

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Megapolis and western development ministry introduced priority bus lanes to ease traffic congestion recently.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 08:41 Read more...
 

Over 1 Million affected from Droughts in Sri Lanka

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Disaster Management Center states more than one million people from 15 districts are affected due to severe drought around the country. Mostly, people in Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Puttalam, and Vavuniya districts are severely affected and in greater difficulty due to the drought.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 August 2017 17:52 Read more...
 

Use of polythene, rigifoam, shopping bags banned

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Central Environment Authority (CEA) has banned the use of polythene lunch sheets, rigifoam boxes and shopping bags, with effect from 1st of September. In a bid to make Sri Lanka polythene-free and find a sustainable solution to solid waste management, President Maithripala Sirisena has announced a number of measures including the ban on the import, manufacture and sale of lunch sheets and a ban on the use of polythene for decorations.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 August 2017 17:54
 

Environmentalists urge Govt. to stop Pundaluoya Hydro Power Project

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Mini Hydro Power Stations proposed to be constructed based on water fed regions of Kothmale Divisional Secretariat have exposed the entire Kothmale valley to a serious environmental crisis. A number of Hydro power Projects based on Pundalu Oya, Puna Oya and  Ramboda Oya have already begun.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 10:35 Read more...
 
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