Nuwara Eliya fac­ing grow­ing garbage moun­tains

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

The Asst. Com­mis­sioner of Lo­cal Gove r nment Nuwara Eliya District, Vidura Sam­path speak­ing at the D i s t r i c t C o - o rd i n at i o n Com­mit­tee meet­ing held late last month, said though he re­quested the Min­istry of Plan­ta­tions to make an al­lot­ment of land for the dis­posal of garbage col­lected from Hat­ton, Dick­oya and Kan­dap­ola ar­eas, no ac­tion had been taken by the min­istry or plan­ta­tion com­pa­nies to re­lease land for this pur­pose.

As such he said, a pol­icy de­ci­sion needed to be taken on the mat­ter.

Mr. Sam­path pointed out that though there was a garbage re­cy­cling plant at Rikatan which was up to stan­dard and rec­om­mended by the Cen­tral En­vi­ron­ment Au­thor­ity, the pre­vail­ing wet weather con­di­tions prevented garbage from be­ing con­verted into com­post fer­tiliser. As a re­sult he said moun­tains of garbage were be­ing formed as the plant did not have the ca­pac­ity to han­dle the ex­tra load col­lected from the Hat­ton, Dikoya and Kan­dap­ola ar­eas. He added that re­sul­tantly garbage moun­tains were be­ing formed.

The Asst. Com­mis­sioner said as a tem­po­rary mea­sure part of this garbage was be­ing sent for re­cy­cling to the re­cy­cling plant at Am­baga­muwa once in two months. He em­pha­sised there was an ur­gent need to find a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to the prob­lem of garbage dis­posal.

He warned that dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son still more garbage would ac­cu­mu­late and the prob­lem would be wors­ened. He stated poly­thene still com­prised around 70% of the garbage col­lected.

Sec­re­tary to Am­baga­muwa Di­vi­sional Sec­re­tariat, A. Sar­a­vana Bha­van ad­dress­ing the meet­ing said re­cy­cling of garbage at Am­baga­muwa was a tem­po­rary mea­sure and also em­pha­sised that find­ing a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion for garbage dis­posal was an ur­gent ne­ces­sity.

Mr. Sam­pat h pointed out that though the com­mit­tee had dis­cussed the is­sue on around 20 oc­cas­sions, no so­lu­tion had been forth­com­ing. He com­plained that de­spite so much land com­ing un­der the plan­ta­tion min­istry it seemed im­pos­si­ble to get that body to de­mar­cate a plot of land for garbage dis­posal.

Chief Min­is­ter of the Cen­tral Province Sarath Ekanayake chaired the District Co- or­di­na­tion Meet­ing. State Min­is­ter V. Radha Kris­nan, S. Thi­lakaraja M.P. Nuwara Eliya District, Coun­cil­lors of the Cen­tral Provin­cial Coun­cil and Govt. Of­fi­cials par­tic­i­pated at the meet­ing.

Sec­tion of the grow­ing garbage moun­tain

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