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Environmental destruction at Galwalayaya forest reservation Veddha chief files writ petition against Mahaweli Authority

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  • The Vedda chief alleged that hundreds of acres of forest land were destructed by foreign companies

By T. Farook Thajudeen.   

Leader of Sri Lanka’s indigenousVedda community, Wannila Aththo filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal against the massive environmental destruction taking place at the Galwalayaya forest reservation adjacent to Pollebedda-Maha Oya in the Ampara District.   

The Vedda chief alleged that hundreds of acres of forest land were destructed by foreign companies, using dozers and heavy machinery.


He alleged that many of their generations had lived in the mountain ranges of Pollebedda and Horikana and they had now lost their right to livelihood in their ancestral lands.   


He assumed that the ownership of their ancestral lands has been given to companies of foreign countries to grow maize. This destruction needed to be stopped soon. 

 
The writ petition was filed in the Court of Appeal through the Environmental Justice Centre, by Senior Counsel Ravindranath Dabare of the Centre.


It has now been revealed that nearly 6,000 acres belonging to the forest reservation had been divided into 15 parts and sold among 15 private companies, by the Mahaweli Authority.   


It was said that this environmental destruction within the reservation will directly impact the catchment areas of the Rambakan Oya Reservoir. 

 

  • Nearly 6,000 acres belonging to the forest reservation had been divided  into 15 parts and sold among 15 private companies, by the Mahaweli  Authority
  • He assumed that the ownership of their ancestral lands has been given to companies of foreign countries to grow maize

 

 

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