Tree plant­ing pro­gramme in­au­gu­rated

UDA made a re­quest to the Trea­sury to re­lease funds to launch the garbage dump re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project, since ob­tain­ing for­eign funds could be time con­sum­ing

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - METRO -

Me­gapo­lis and West­ern Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Patali Champika Ranawaka in­au­gu­rated the tree plant­ing pro­gramme of the Meetho­ta­mulla Ur­ban Park which is be­ing built on top of the Meetho­ta­mulla garbage moun­tain.

Speak­ing at the event, Min­is­ter Ranawaka said the Ur­ban Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (UDA) made a re­quest to the Trea­sury to re­lease funds to launch the garbage dump re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project, since ob­tain­ing for­eign funds could be time con­sum­ing.

“How­ever, we still didn’t get any funds from the Trea­sury. There­fore, the UDA took charge of the project and de­cided to in­vest in it. This is a land which be­longs to the UDA. Had we de­vel­oped this and sold it, we could have ob­tained 2,000 - 3,000 mil­lions of ru­pees. The Colombo Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil and others de­stroyed this land by dump­ing garbage here. They didn’t pay a sin­gle penny to the UDA,” he said.

He said mil­lions of ru­pees were ear­lier spent to man­age the garbage moun­tain but it had not been man­aged at all. “This was ev­i­dent when the garbage moun­tain col­lapsed. The re­port of the com­mit­tee of re­tired Judge Chan­dradasa Nanayakkar­a clearly shows who pick-pock­eted those money. Peo­ple have been killed, a re­port has been re­leased but no ac­tion had been taken against any­one. We should be ashamed of this,” he said.

We still didn’t get any funds from the Trea­sury. There­fore, the UDA took charge of the project and de­cided to in­vest in it. This is a land which be­longs to the UDA

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