President to seek foreign expertise on UmaOya project

He said that the protest staged by residents in Bandarawela against the Uma-Oya project was justifiable. A hartal was staged in Bandarawela yesterday against the Uma-Oya project. President Maithripala Sirisena is to seek foreign expertise to study the Uma-Oya project.Speaking in Hatton today the President said the project did not have a proper plan and this resulted in the people in the are suffering. Most shops were closed during the hartal and a protest march was also staged on the streets against the project.Several houses have been damaged as a result of the project and wells have also gone dry. The Uma-Oya Multipurpose Development project is being implemented by the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Management in coordination with the Ministry of Power and Energy and Ceylon Electricity Board.The plant will add 120 MW to the generation system with 230 GWh of annual energy generation. The estimated cost of the project is 529 million USD and 85% of the total project cost is provided by the Government of Iran through Export and Development Bank as a loan. (Colombo Gazette)

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