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Fishermen challenge high tension line: AG given time to file written submissions

2015 May 07

Fishermen challenge high tension line:
AG given time to file written submissions

by Chitra Weerarathne

The Court of Appeal yesterday gave the Attorney General time till July 8 to file written submissions in respect of the petition filed by the Walarpiradhi fishing committee of Puttalam which had complained that the extension of high tension power lines across the Puttalam Lagoon had disturbed the ecosystem and destroyed the fish and plants in the lagoon.

The petition has said that the installation of those power lines from the Norochchalai Coal-fired Power Plant to Anuradhapura had commenced without a proper environment feasibility study.

Around 165,000 fishing families lived around the lagoon. Their livelihood was threatened as the fish got killed. The sea weeds, too, were destroyed, in the lagoon.

The petitioner has requested the court to order the central Environmental Authority, the Ceylon Electricity Board and the Coast Conservation Department to do a proper environmental feasibility study before going on with the project any further. Counsel Sunil Watagala appeared for the petitioner, State Counsel, Mohan Jayasinghe appeared for the Attorney General.

The Bench comprised Justic Vijith Malalgoda the President of the Court of Appeal.

Among the respondents are the Minister of Fisheries and Coast Conservation and the district secretary of Wayamba.

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