Since Sri Lanka’s three-decade civil war ended in 2009, Nagarathnam Ganeshan has faced a major new uncertainty: how much water he will have to grow his crops.
When the Northern Power Plant (NPP) was set up in 2009 in the Valikamam area, nobody would have thought of having to face a serious shortage of drinking water, which made them demand an immediate closure of the station after five years.
Residents of surrounding areas took to the streets yesterday to protest opposite the plant, demanding an immediate solution, after their complaints to provincial and central government authorities went unheeded.
The Northern Power Plant operating inside the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) premises in Chunnakam, releases waste oil which seeps into the underground water springs in the region and contaminates the wells.
“Gazing out over the parched earth of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, one might think these farmlands have not seen water in years. In fact, this is not too far from the truth.”