In Sri Lanka most cynical kind of politicians travel to unthinkable distances to exploit the weak susceptibilities of the average voter, to gain advantage over them in order to mount the high echelons of power. But the same politicians who form governments have often failed to take bold decisions or when they did take decisions they were the wrong decisions that have caused miseries to people in this island nation.
A bold decision on time from Sri Lankan rulers could have prevented the present power cuts experienced in the past few weeks by the people of Sri Lanka. There has been many instances in the past where the government of the day had failed to take bold decisions. One good example was the oil and grease released by the power-plant of the Chunnakam power plant that contaminated the water in wells located in the local areas. Refer to an earlier posts on Northern Breeze titled “FOG” halts water at Chunnakam @ https://northernbreeze.blog/2016/02/23/fog-halts-water-at-chunnakam/ and First resolve pollution at Chunnakam to sustain peninsula water resources @ https://northernbreeze.blog/2017/05/13/first-resolve-pollution-at-chunnakam-to-sustain-peninsula-water-resources/. Successive governments failed to take bold decisions as the result the people were the losers.
In 2015, a petition was filed to the Supreme Court against Northern Power Company Ltd, as operators of the Chunnakam power plant pointing out that the oil and grease released by the power-plant contaminates the water in wells located in the local areas. The Supreme Court taking the petition into consideration on January 31st 2016, issued an interim injunction suspending the operations of the power plant. Then Northern Power Company Ltd filed an application seeking the Court of Appeal to make an order that it is entitled to possession of the said power plant and entitled to operate the said power plant to generate power, this was dismissed. Today, the news is that Northern Power Company Ltd, has been ordered to restart operations to continue operations of the power plant under the stipulated conditions and in a manner that does not harm the environment. The Northern Power Company Ltd is to pay compensation of Rs. 20 million to residents, a maximum of Rs. 40,000 as compensation to each family affected by the Chunnakam Thermal Power Station in Jaffna. The National Water Supply and Drainage Board was ordered to supervise the hand-over of compensation.
It needed a court order to compel the operators of the Chunnakam power plant Northern Power Company Ltd, to restart operations of the power plant under the stipulated conditions and in a manner that does not harm the environment and pay compensation to residents, affected by the Chunnakam Thermal Power Station in Jaffna. Had the rulers taken a bold decision four years earlier, the country would have today had extra thermal power available. Bitter Truth is the government is yet to take necessary steps to get rid of the contamination in the water, is inconveniencing the people living in the vicinity of the power plant.