Hinuguruwelpitiya Quarries, Sri Lanka

Since 2012 six quarries and metal crushers have been established in the Hinguruwelpitiya forest causing adverse impacts on the forest ecosystem which include forest clearance, rock blasting and blocking of the elephant corridor which has resulted in eleph


Description

Hinguruwelpitiya is a forest area in the Hinguruwelpitiya (663) Grama Niladhari Division in the Palagala Divisional Secretariat area of the Anuradhapura District. This dry zone forest area serves as a part of an elephant corridor between Kahalla-Pallekele Sanctuary and the Minneriya National Park. In this area there are rock caves which were occupied by Buddhist monks.   According to the residents of the area, since 2012 six quarries and metal crushers have been established in the Hinguruwelpitiya forest causing adverse impacts on the forest ecosystem which include forest clearance, rock blasting and blocking of the elephant corridor which has resulted in elephant attacks in the nearby villages.

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Basic Data
NameHinuguruwelpitiya Quarries, Sri Lanka
CountrySri Lanka
ProvinceNorth Central Province
SitePalagala Pradeshiya Sabha
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Deforestation
Building materials extraction (quarries, sand, gravel)
Specific CommoditiesRock
Sand, gravel
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThere are 6 quarries and metal crushers in Hinguruwelpitiya operating since 2012. Approx.150 Acres of forest land is affected by the activities of these quarries and metal crushers. According to available information the quarries and metal crushes occupy about 40 Acres of forest land and the total quarrying capacity is about 1000 cubes per day.
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected PopulationRural
Start Date03/2012
Relevant government actorsCentral Environmental Authority

Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka

Forest Department

Palagala Pradeshiya Sabha
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersHinuguruwelpitiya Rakshitha Vananthara Parisara Saha Swabavika Sampath Surakeeme Sanvidhanaya (Hinuguruwelpitiya Forest Reserve, Environment and Natural Resources Protection Organization)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingLocal ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Forms of MobilizationDevelopment of a network/collective action
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Other Environmental impacts
OtherDust, Vibration, blocking of elephant corridors
Health ImpactsVisible: Other Health impacts
OtherRespiratory problems
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Violations of human rights, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCourt decision (undecided)
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.Too premature to comment.
Sources and Materials
Legislations

National Environmental Act No.47 of 1980 as amended

Pradeshiya Sabha Act No. 15 of 1987 as amended

Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka Act No.23 of 1979 as amended

Forest Conservation Ordinance No.16 of 1907 as amended
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Media Links

Hiru TV 7.00 p.m. News 24/07/2016
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Other Documents

Quarries at Hinguruwelpitiya Quarrying site
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Quarries at Hinguruwelpitiya Quarrying site
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Quarries at Hinguruwelpitiya Unsafe electricity supply to quarrying sites
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Quarries at Hinguruwelpitiya Quarrying site
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Quarries at Hinguruwelpitiya Unsafe electricity supply to the quarry site
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ContributorPublic Interest Law Foundation, [email protected]
Last update26/01/2017
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