How was Nuwara Eliya and the tea industry created? Governor Barnes built a road and a sanatorium and hoped wealth-creating entrepreneurs would come.The foreign plant caused erosion. The rivers ran brown with eroded soil which filled up the reservoirs in the ancient Raja Rata and ruined native agriculture. The foreigners who were imported to work on the plantations are the agents of Indian expansionism. The solution to all our problems was to uproot the tea and grow manioc (in some versions, forests). The fate of the agents of Indian expansionism who would be rendered unemployed was not a concern. Barnes and the road to Nuwara Eliya In actual fact, the main tea area of Nuwara Eliya was unpopulated jungle. Many negative things happened when the land was opened up: thousands of elephants were slaughtered; many seasonal workers coming to work on the coffee plantations died on the annual trek from and to South India; erosion happened, but not to the extent of silting up the ancient reservoirs (which were ruins incapable of holding water before the British under Governor Ward started restoring them in 1860). But we have all been living off the earnings of the tea plantations that were thus created. How was Nuwara Eliya and the tea industry created? Governor Barnes built a road and a sanatorium and hoped wealth-creating entrepreneurs would come. A few years later they came. Nuwara Eliya became the center of the plantation economy. Infrastructure came before industry. The government created the infrastructure; the entrepreneurs created the wealth; the government taxed the exports and recovered what it spent on the infrastructure (and more). What do we do now? Government redistributes whatever revenues it can muster (or even hopes to raise). Nothing is left for infrastructure--building new infrastructure or even maintaining what exists.buy strattera online strattera online generic
A few years later they came. Nuwara Eliya became the center of the plantation economy.
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All that is left to foreign loans or grants.
|In the heyday of the tea industry, the tea moved down to Colombo and the world by rail.
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Now the tea is hauled on the roads that Barnes and his fellow colonialists built because the trains are too unreliable.
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In a few years, the time taken to get to Colombo will approach the time taken for the bullock carts that traversed the roads that Barnes and his compatriots built.
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