LO­CAL POLITI­CIANS PROTEST AGAINST DUMP­ING OF GARBAGE

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY HIRAN PRIYANKARA

Lo­cal politi­cians ex­pressed con­cern about dump­ing of garbage in the pro­posed Arawakkalu garbage re­cy­cling ground even be­fore the com­ple­tion of the project. Chair­man of the Wanathaw­illuwa Pradeshiya Sabha M. M. Sa­man­tha Mu­nas­inghe said that he would protest against the garbage re­cy­cling project. He pointed out that the Mega Po­lis and Western Prov­ince De­vel­op­ment Min­istry that ig­nored the pub­lic protests against the project was now se­cretly trans­port­ing garbage from other ar­eas to the re­cy­cling project even be­fore its com­ple­tion. He said the dump­ing of garbage was go­ing on re­gard­less of reg­u­la­tions

and stan­dards ap­pli­ca­ble to garbage dis­posal.

The PS Chair­man said the first lorry load of garbage brought from Kuliyapi­tiya area was dumped in the re­cy­cling project un­der po­lice pro­tec­tion amid his protests. He pointed out that the au­thor­i­ties were go­ing ahead with the project with­out least con­cerned about its health hazard and the en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age.

Sev­eral other lo­cal politi­cians in­clud­ing Pradeshiya Sabha mem­ber Bud­dhika Gi­han and Rev. Fr. Christie Per­era ex­pressed dis­may about the steps taken by the au­thor­i­ties.

Mean­while, Project Direc­tor R.M.G. Bandara said he al­lowed the dump­ing of garbage in the project area which was now com­plete.

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