The Sunday Leader

Hope For Residents Of Meethotamulla

The government will take further steps with the assistance of foreign companies for the betterment of the masses sheltered in the vicinity of the newly formed garbage mountain in Meethotamulla, an official said

Residents expressed concern about successive governments saying that they elected President Maithripala Sirisena to bring some hope for their plight but now the situation is getting from bad to worse.

The Meethotamulla Garbage Mountain stands around some 200 meters and more than 800 tonnes of garbage is dumped per day. Of more than 1,000 people tested, some 60 percent of the residents were suffering from numerous complications, according to the Government Medical Officers’ Association.

When contacted, Megapolis and Western Development Ministry Secretary Nihal Rupasinghe told The Sunday Leader that under the short term solution, the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) and the Western Provincial Council are acting in this regard.

However, he said that they in the process of working on a long term solution to put an end to the problem in the area. The Western Provincial Council and CMC are working on a management plan at present.

He warned that they were aware that situation could be much worse when the South East Monsoon comes.

Like in Karadiyana and Gampaha, foreign experts would be called upon to assist in Meethotamulla too, he noted.

He said that they would get the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) clearance to dump garbage from Meethotamulla to Aruwakadu in Puttalam. He expects the clearance within two months time.

With a number of well known companies particularly from the United States, Japan, China, Singapore and Korea coming forward to tackle the garbage menace in Sri Lanka, he expressed confidence that the government is on the right track to put an end to the growing problem in the city.



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