The protestors sat on the roads, including Colombo-Badulla and Bandarawela-Welimada, blocking vehicles, while all shops, banks and schools remained closed.
Forty two 42 villages in and around Bandarawela and Welimada raised black flags in support of the major agitation.
Given below are pictures of the hartal:
To draw govt.’s attention
Leading the campaign, provincial councilor Samantha Vidyaratne said they wanted to draw the government’s attention to ensuring relief for the people affected by the Uma Oya project, preventing the seepage of water and minimizing environment damage before any further digging.
Participants came in four processions from near Thanthiriya Hospital at Bindunuwewa and converged on Bandarawela town.
Ministerial subcommittee appointed
Meanwhile, a ministerial subcommittee comprising Patali Champika Ranawaka, Mahinda Amaraweera and Vijithamuni Soyza has been appointed to study the issue.
The committee members are due to undertake an inspection tour next week.
‘Will oppose govt. if Uma Oya issue is not resolved’
Meanwhile, minister Harin Fernando says president Maithripala Sirisena will meet with top officials of the Uma Oya project at 6.00 pm on June 30.
Fernando told the media today that the people were correct to oppose the project, and warned that he too, would oppose the government if the issue was not resolved.
(pictures: Keerthi Tennakoon)