26/01/2017

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
Name of conflict:Hinuguruwelpitiya Quarries, Sri Lanka
Country:Sri Lanka
State or province:North Central Province
(municipality or city/town)Palagala 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 commodities:Rock
Sand, gravel
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

There 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
Affected Population:Rural
Start of the conflict:03/2012
Relevant government actors:Central Environmental Authority

Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka

Forest Department

Palagala Pradeshiya Sabha
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Hinuguruwelpitiya Rakshitha Vananthara Parisara Saha Swabavika Sampath Surakeeme Sanvidhanaya (Hinuguruwelpitiya Forest Reserve, Environment and Natural Resources Protection Organization)
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Forms of mobilization:Development of a network/collective action
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Impacts of the project
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
Other Environmental impactsDust, Vibration, blocking of elephant corridors
Health ImpactsVisible: Other Health impacts
Other Health impactsRespiratory problems
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Violations of human rights, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Court decision (undecided)
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:Too premature to comment.
Sources and Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

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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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

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 Unsafe electricity supply to the quarry 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 Quarrying site
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Contributor:Public Interest Law Foundation, [email protected]
Last update26/01/2017
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