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“Residents in Dodamgoda at risk due to rock quarries,” environmentalists say

ECONOMYNEXT – The Centre for Environment and Nature Studies (CENS) today lodged a complaint at the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) regarding twelve rock quarries in Manilla Gama area Dodamgoda, Kalutara which has caused many environmental issues.

CENS Convener Ravindra Kariyawasam told reporters this afternoon that although the relevant state institutions were informed about the environmental damage caused by the quarries in the area no action has been taken yet.

“The lives of the residents of the area are at risk due to the rock quarries in Manilla Gama area. For a long time, the villagers have complained regarding the negative impact to the water resources and the village to the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) and Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) but nothing has been done,” Kariyawasam said.

The CENS Convener pointed out that Thudugala Ella waterfall, which is a tourist attraction in this area is also at risk due to the rock quarries.

“There are 145 houses in the village and many houses have been cracked due to this issue. But the villagers haven’t been compensated. According to the National Environmental Act, it is illegal to have quarries which are harmful to the environment,”

“Although no action has been taken in this regard for many years today we lodged a complaint at the HRCSL hoping that action will be taken,” Kariyawasam added.

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