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Hirunika says Mount Lavinia beach enrichment will hit fishers

ECONOMYNEXT – Former MP Hirunika Premachandra is raising questions about the attempt by government agencies to enrich the beach at Mount Lavinia saying it will impact the local fishermen adversely.

The “poor fishermen of the area will be hit as the fishing grounds will now be covered in mud,” said Premachandra who is nursing the area as her constituency for the upcoming Parliamentary General elections representing the Samagi Jana Balavegaya.

She also questioned the adaptability of the technique of enrichment which she said was used in the Netherlands. “The climatic changes in Sri Lanka are very different from the Netherlands,” she said.

“Even so, who would start such a project during the Southwest Monsoon season,” she asked.

Speaking to reporters this morning, she said that the Coast Conservation Department had started this project breaking the Civil law of the country at a time when the country was on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The civil law of the country should be the same for everyone from top to bottom,” she said.

Moreover, she said that they had also broken the environmental laws by starting the project without an environmental assessment and without the consent of the people living in the area.

The former MP questioned the real reason to start such a project thinking only about the loss of Rs 200,000 per hour when everything else in the country was being put on hold and the country’s economy and economy of the rest of world has taken a fall.

She also added that the reason for the public servants such the Director-General of Coast Conservation Department to talk only about the loss Rs 200,000 per hour to a company in Denmark shows that they are speaking in line with the party politics. (Colombo/Jun2/2020)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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