The government's interest on implementing the Gin-Nilwala Water Project including two reservoirs at Sinharaja Forest is due to the pressure exerted by Chinese companies which are preparing to invest in the Hambantota Industrial Zone, alleged Environmentalist Sajeewa Chamikara speaking to media yesterday (23).
"We are very clear about this. The Uma Oya Project was the very first plan to bring in water required for large scale development projects in Hambantota. That project was implemented by force. It was carried out by forcibly obtaining the approval of the Central Environmental Authority with a completely illegal eco assessment report. As a result of implementing that project, over 17,500 families have been completely displaced. This project, on the other hand, has completely failed," Chamikara said.
He added: "Now this Gin-Nilwala Project is going to be implemented in the event that water could not be brought in. This attempt to bring in water is being made in fraudulent move, not to bring water to the people. We are aware that there was an initial agreement to establish Chinese factories in 15,000 acres of land nearby when Hambantota Port was leased to a Chinese company. As of now, Chinese companies are continuing to exert pressure to provide solutions to the water crisis, in the justification of making their investments. That is why this project is being planned."