by TamilNet, Thursday, 04 May 2017
The occupying Colombo is trying to seize lands in the Tamil-speaking Kuchchave’li division of Trincomalee district in the Eastern Province to construct housing schemes for Sinhala settlers who have been moved out of their lands that were taken over by the SL Irrigation Department for the construction of Yan Oya Reservoir close to Wahalkada in the Horowpothana division of Anuradhapura district in the North Central Province. As the reservoir projects that targets to empower the Sinhala colonists in Anuradhapura North to spearhead the genocidal wedging of territorial integrity of Tamil homeland in the Eastern Province, are to be complete soon. The Tamil-speaking people in Kuchchave’li now face the Sinhala encroachment.
A housing project is already underway at Chaavi-aa’ru in Kuchchave’li divisional secretariat division.
The occupying Colombo regime is allocating 4 acres of lands for each family, Tamil civil officials in the division say.
Sinhala settlers were allocated at least Rs 13,000 Mn as compensation for alternative lands through Irrigation Department in September 2016.
The real extent of the colonisation scheme seems to incorporate 2,500 families from Horowpothana and Wahalkada, the Tamil officials in Kuchchave’li say.
Yan Oya is a river that originates in the North Central Province, follows the boundary of the Eastern Province and enters into the sea at Pul-moaddai that links the North and East.
The Irrigation project, named Anurdhapura North Integrated Water Supply Project (ANIWSP), was in fact finalised according to ‘Mahida Chintana’ during the Rajapaksa regime.
The ANISWP, known as Yan-Oya scheme, is divided into two systems knowns as Mahakanadarawa and Wahalkada System, each having distinct Water Treatment Plants (WTP).
The construction of dams was contracted to China CAMC Engineering Co., LTD (CAMCE), which is engaged in constructing five earth fill main dams with the total length of 5.9 km along the Yan Oya.
The aim of the Colombo-centric system, represented by SL State and its global donors, are two-fold: development of Sinhala colonialism and structural genocide against Tamil-speaking people.
The ‘development’ aim of the SL regime is to utilize the Sinhala population in Anuradhapura North with agricultural irrigation water and potable water through pipelines. The ‘genocidal’ aim is to wedge the territorial integrity of the Tamil homeland by expanding the Sinhala colonies through Padaviya to North and through Horowpothana to Trincomalee.
Major donors during Mahinda Chintana driven project were Asian Development Bank, JICA (Japan), KfW (Germany), SIDA (Sweden), UNICEF, IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies), Austria, France, Spain, Hungary, Korea and Netherland.
SL President Maithiripala Sirisena who hails from the North Central Province leads the new regime.
The Yan-Oya project received an accelerated push from the new regime last year.
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