Fears over rush to give environmental nod to Norochcholai



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By Rathindra Kuruwita 


Chief Secretary of the North Western Province, P. B. M. Sirisena wrote to the heads of 21 institutions on Tuesday (19), asking them to nominate a permanent member of the Monitoring Committee Established for Norochcholai Coal Power Plant. 


The committee will meet today (22) at 9 am at the power plant and hold a discussion after an inspection visit. Prof. Ajith de Silva, Dr. Mahesh Jayaweera, Dr. A.M. Mubarak and Dr. Sewwandi Jayakody have also been invited. 


Speculation is rife that the committee will decide whether to grant the environmental protection licence to the Power Plant next week.


Most of the committee members had not inspected the power plant or read the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports on the power plant and therefore there must not be a rush to grant the licence, the Centre for Human Right said yesterday.


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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