Balangoda is one of the coolest areas in Sri Lanka. In Balangoda, Weligepola DS division, there is a village call Hadagiriya. In Hadagiriya area, thershow more
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Balangoda is one of the coolest areas in Sri Lanka. In Balangoda, Weligepola DS division, there is a village call Hadagiriya. In Hadagiriya area, there are more than 60 water falls within 500m. This place is a unique place having a huge ecological value.
This is also the major water source for the neighboring villages. There were 18 water catchments in the area to enrich the water falls but right now 12 of them are gone and only 6 water catchments are remaining.
However, the proposed mini hydro project may threaten the vegetation and the water falls in the area. These water falls provide water to agricultural activities and day to day activities. Losing this water fall and letting the all the water springs to dry out may cause a severe environmental damage. Therefore, the proposed mini hydro project should not be implemented.
CEJ conducted a meeting with Divisional Secretary, people, and project proponent. There, project proponent decided not to establish the project because of the damages. However, that was only a verbal decision.
Diya Eli Sansadaya and Rain Forest Protectors are also working on this issue.
Photos were taken from Mr. Jayantha Hatharasinghe