Feb 15, 2019

Displaced people occupy newly opened building

The administrative building of the Ginigahena-Polpitiya Broadland Hydroelectric Power Project has been forcibly occupied by people displaced due to this power plant project today (15). The power plant is being constructed by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) blocking the Kelani river.

Under the first phase of the Broadland Hydropower Project, which was started with the intention of adding150 megawatts of power to the national grid, 27 displaced families were paid compensation and resettled in identified areas. Also, measures were taken to remove 40 families from the village of Polpitya due to the construction of a tunnel from Polpitiya to Kalubotenna, Kitulgala.

The 40 families who were displaced were paid sum of Rs. 30000 / - per month by the project to get houses on rent basis till compensations be paid after due assessments done.

The displaced people who had occupied the administrative building have said that the work of the project is nearing completion and the promise made by the project director to pay compensation to them has not been redeemed yet and only monthly rental is being given.

The displaced people say that they will not vacate the administrative building that was forcibly acquired until they receive compensation.

The Broadland Hydropower Project, financed by the Chinese government, is being carried out by a Chinese company.