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Indian corporate to build high-rise buildings, apartments, in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 18:23 No Comment]

An Indian engineering corporate L&T Infrastructure Development Projects is keen in road projects, high-rise buildings, apartments and hotels and power generation in Jaffna, and is looking for trade partners according to Vishal Mathur, its Chief Operating Officer. The high-rise buildings and apartments are for whom, wonder the people of Jaffna. According to Mathur, tourism would boom in Jaffna and there would be a demand for them.

The insensitivity of the Indians to think of apartments to tourists while people who own the country are incarcerated and are made to languish in camps and shelters is provoking, commented Eezham Tamil circles.

The ecology of Jaffna in groundwater is very fragile. Even in irrigating garden plots from wells rotation is observed by farmers as groundwater supply in the limestone wells are limited.

High-rise buildings and apartments mean, the groundwater in the entire surrounding area will be depleted and also will be polluted by sewage, said a geographer of Jaffna.

“Perhaps the same corporate will then bring in ‘mineral water’ to sell.” he further commented adding that “it is for this day-robbery sovereignty and power of decision making in development has been snatched away from Eezham Tamils.

“People of Jaffna are not part of the development that the government is carving out for the north,” was the unanimous opinion of a group of 30 high school students he met, reports Feizal Samath in ipsnews.

"We need to be able to own rather than be bystanders (to development)," ipsnews further cited a Jaffna businessman who declined to be identified for fear of reprisal.

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