Court lifts bar on Sri Lanka power firm workers in Jaffna

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – A court in Sri Lanka’s Jaffna province has allowed workers who were earlier evicted from the premises of a power generation firm in Sri Lanka’s Jaffna peninsula to return to work, the company said.

Workers of Northern Power Co (Pvt) Ltd, a privately owned independent power producer in Jaffna were barred from entering the premises amid charges that it was dumping waste oil leading to contamination of ground water.

The firm has denied the charges saying they sold all waste oil for cash and instead pointed out that there had been a ‘lake’ of waste oil in Jaffna for several years which had then been apparently filled up.

Employees will go back from January 23, Lal Perera, chief executive of MTD Walkers Plc, the parent of Northern Power said. The firm is still not allowed to generate power.

The High Court of Jaffna is to hear the case again in April.

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