BASL to intervene in Uma Oya FR petition

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) yesterday sought the Supreme Court’s permission into the Fundamental Rights petition filed by Centre for Environmental Justice and four residents of the Bandarawela area who have been victimised as a result of the Uma Oya multipurpose Project.

This request is to be considered on September 29 by the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the petitioners yesterday requested the authorities not to goahead with the Uma Oya project without a new Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report.

On a previous occasion, the Attorney General had informed the Supreme Court that two remaining drinking water projects out of four targeting the people affected by Uma Oya multi-purpose project are to be completed soon.

The Supreme Court was further informed by the Attorney General that the Provincial Director of Agricultural in the Uva Province has taken the necessary steps to grant compensation for the farmers whose crops were destroyed by Uma Oya multipurpose project.

On a previous occasion, the Supreme Court had ordered the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment to complete its drinking water projects by early this year.

The Attorney General had earlier submitted in Court, a copy of Cabinet memorandum issued regarding the Uma Oya project. 

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