It is reported that people in several villages including Puhulpola, Kotavehera, Dikkapitiya have been thoroughly distressed due to Uma Oya project. The residents in the areas have been asked to vacate their residences immediately.
They have been given only a 40 perch piece of land and the residents have been asked to leave even before a hut is erected in the land.
Cultivation, their main source of income, has been destroyed due to streams and irrigation system that had been used to bring water to their lands were blocked due to the new project.
Many people who have been asked to vacate their residences have not been paid any compensation and a small number of people have been given only half the amount they had been promised.
The farmers in the area say like people in the Gaza Strip, they too have been left with death only. This explains the tragedy they are confronted with due to sinister, hasty and foolish projects of the rulers who think only of what they could gain by beginning various projects said a political analyst.