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The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and environmental organizations including the Evergreen Environment Organization have drawn up plans to launch a massive protest early November against the Chinese Colombo Port City project and the land reclamation taking place.

Fisher folk in Negombo recently protested regarding the proposed move to mine sand from the deep sea close to the area for use in the said project.

JVP Trade Unionist in the Negombo area and Chairman of the Evergreen Environment Organization P.I. Abdeen said that a Chinese organization recently surveyed the beach strip of Negombo for this purpose.

“The said project causes severe environmental damage in Ratmalana, Negombo, Modera, Chilaw (from where pipelines will be used for pumping sand) and even in Kalutara and Galle”, he said.

He said fishermen’s livelihoods are adversely impacted by this due to the changes in the currents and the destruction of plant and marine life in the Negombo lagoon.

“Just by sorting out the ancillary problem faced by the fishermen in Negombo, the greater issue of the threat posed by the project is not allayed. Environmentalists who conducted feasibility studies have opposed the project and protested to the government in this regard. We do not even know the quantities of sand that will be taken from these areas,” Abdeen explained. RLJ