Jul 24, 2017

Academics who prepared Uma Oya EIA are in trouble! Featured

The Sri Lanka Human Rights Centre has asked the Higher Education Ministry and the University Grants Commission to investigate the academics who had prepared an environment impact assessment for the Uma Oya project.

SLHRC executive director Keerthi Tennakoon noted today (24) the teams of lecturers from the Sri Jayewardenapura, Peradeniya and Open Universities have been blacklisted by the Central Environment from preparing any further reports.

These lecturers stand accused of violating professional ethics and social resopnsiblities, having included untruths in the EIA report and made contradictory statements to the media after the Uma Oya project debacle.

Tennakoon has previously alleged the EIA report had been aimed at the court case filed by civil society organizations against the project.

On a complaint by him, the CEA last Friday blacked the Sri Jayewardenapura University.

Tennakoon alleges the university team led by Prof. Swarna Piyasiri is found to be a fabricated one, and done without any professionalism.

The letter by him is here: