April 20, 2017, 10:11 pm
by Maheesha Mudugamuwa
It would take three more years to find a permanent solution to the Colombo garbage problem, Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya said yesterday.
Setting aside the former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s plan to bundle up the garbage and send it to Puttalam to fill limestone pits, Devapriya said the plan to shift the Colombo garbage to Puttalam was not a timely move as it would cost billions of rupees.
Devapriya stressed that there should be a garbage recycling plant and to produce electricity by burning of garbage.
Therefore it would take at least three years to establish a garbage recycling plant and until then the garbage should be deposited in some place, Devapriya said.
“I personally do not like to put garbage at Karadiyana but for the time being there is no other option except dump at site,” he said.
Referring to the garbage dumping site at Kotikawatta, CM Devapriya said the Colombo garbage had not been transferred to Kotikawatta but it was the garbage collected from Kolonnawa and Kotikawatta area that was dumped there.
He however said the people in Meethotamulla were alerted about a possible danger from the garbage dump last month.
He told the media in Colombo that the Western Provincial Council (WPC) had offered Rs. 15,000 monthly rental allowance for the residents who had been living near the garbage dump to be evacuated to safe places.
Several families had moved to other places but some stayed there expecting the Council to increase the allowance, he added.
Due to the warning, the Council had been able to save about 40 lives at Meethotamulla, Devapriya noted.