Deal #3858

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Beragala, Sri Lanka

Target country
Sri Lanka
Comment on location
Village: Dadayampahalagama

Land area

Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2012] 254
Comment on land area
The project has already obtained preliminary approval from the Board of Investment (BoI) of Sri Lanka and the Tourist Board and is awaiting the approval of the Central Environment Authority (CEA).

Intention of investment

Intention of the investment
Tourism
Comment on intention of investment
Golf course, hotel, retirement community, hospital, theme park

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Outright Purchase

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
Concluded (Contract signed)

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2012] Startup phase (no production)
Comment on implementation status
In 2012 there was no clearing authority given - nevertheless clearance of strips of land, mapping and building of access roads had been started.

Number of domestic jobs created

Jobs created (domestic)
Yes
Planned number of jobs (domestic)
3500
Comment on jobs created (domestic)
"The project opens up employment opportunities for 3,500 locals and training of staff will commence once the project commences its activities" (http://www.ceylontoday.lk/22-1887-news-detail-hidden-valley-awaits-green-light.html )

Operating company

Name of investment project
Hidden Valley Resort
Comment on investment chain
project is also called "Eco Golf Resort", "Bergala Golf Resort", "Beragala Eco-Friendly Golf Resort"

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2012-06-01

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2012-01-23

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2006-11-06

Data source #4

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2015-03-08

Data source #5

Data source type
Other (Please specify in comment field)
File
Date
2015-04-07
Comment on data source
EJ Atlas

Data source #6

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2016-01-01

How did the community react?

Comment on community reaction
The project is critized on the grounds that it will compromise elephants and other wildlife

Displacement of people

Comment on displacement of people
it is feared the project will lead to the displacement of the farmers using water from the Irrigation Project that is currently operating from the area

Promised or received compensation

Promised compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
promised: infrastructure and income opportunities

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
Private (smallholders)
Other
Comment on former land owner
"in the custody of the Soragune Temple (Devala)" (www.srilankanaturegroup.org/images/land_grabbing/landgrabbinginSri%20LankaEnglish.pdf )

Former land use

Former land use
Forestry
Conservation
Other
Comment on former land use
the site is a a main catchment area of the Weli Oya Irrigation Scheme

Former land cover

Former land cover
Forest land
Shrub land/Grassland (Rangeland)

Water extraction envisaged

Water extraction envisaged
Yes

Source of water extraction

Source of water extraction
Surface water (River)

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