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Responding to Western Province Chief Minister (CM) Isura Devapriya, the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry yesterday said CM introduced British Company was not equipped with technical or fiscal capability to execute a project to generate electricity from garbage collected at Meethotamulla.

CM Devapriya on Monday said he came up with a proposal in May last year to remove the garbage dump at Meethotamulla but the Urban Development Authority (UDA) which is under the purview of the Megapolis Ministry failed to release the required land to implement the project.

Issuing a statement, the ministry said it appointed a technical committee comprising 12 members to evaluate the proposal made by the CM. The proposal was also studied by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management in 2016, it said.

“The technical committee compiled a report after evaluating the project proposal of SJP Waste to Energy Ltd. (UK). Then, the committee sent a letter to the Waste Management Authority’s Director in October 18, 2016 inquiring about 17 facts arisen from the evaluation report. The Chief Minister was also informed. Up to date, there is no response to the 17 facts from any authority,” the ministry said.

It said the evaluation report had recommended that the SJP Waste to Energy Ltd. (UK) lacks the fiscal and technical capability to execute the proposed project. “However, if the Chief Minister is so determined, he can initiate a pilot project based on any garbage mountain and with the investment of local or foreign investors. There is no restriction to reveal the results of such a project to the country,” it said.

Meanwhile, commenting on Chief Minister’s claim that the UDA didn’t release a land block of 60 perches near the Meethotamulla Garbage dump to implement the project, the ministry said the company project proposal had requested a land block of three acres.

The ministry went on to note that the UDA had highlighted during a Kolonnawa Development Committee meeting in 2015 that about 380 houses near the garbage dump were facing risks. Thirty nine houses had been identified as houses which are at high risk.

“The UDA has informed it will provide alternate houses for these residents. However, neither the political authority nor the Urban Council of Kolonnawa had taken action following these instructions,” the ministry said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Abey Wednesday, 19 April 2017 05:15 PM

    True, not the best proposal was chosen. Who was prepared to pay the most under the table was the qualifier.It is too late to state that the Company that was chosen is not competent. You want to close the stable door after the horse has bolted.

    Killa Wednesday, 19 April 2017 06:16 PM

    Actually waste disposal is the responsibility of CMC not UDA

    SD Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:29 AM

    Champiks Ranawaka. without issuing statements come out and face the media. You have to take ownership for this catastrophe.

    rosebud Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:27 AM

    Incompetence infighting corruption - nothing gets done and the people suffer. via DM Android App

    E.H.Pemaratne Wednesday, 19 April 2017 02:15 PM

    It is miraculous to here that neither the political authority no the Kolonnawa UC provided the sums required to relocate the families affected by the garbage dump.It is pathetic neither UDA nor the Professional know northein about the UDA Law its obligations or responsibilities to the public. First all Colombo Municipality cannot dump garbage at the said site as the use of the land for any purpose comes with in the definition of development activity in S.29 of the UDA Law. By allowing it to happen either in fear of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa or any one else it is duty bound to face tune that would be played as a result. So it is the responsibility of the UDA to relocate the families affected b y this dump.It has no roight to sk for funds. It was created to create fund necessary for the carrying out of development projects under the development plan. It is necessary to check what the land use prescribed by the UDA Develiopment Plan for the dumping site.

    SDon Wednesday, 19 April 2017 02:57 PM

    UDA have kept control and ownership of the Meethotamulla dump and have not allowed any foreign or local company to perform any clean up work by actively seeking to interrogate for any minute flaws in their proposals in a country and by technical people that does not understand its own waste issues ( anyone in UDA competent enough to understand the technology which has been implemented for years in other countries? If so, why wasn’t it implemented here earlier?). They have not even paid the residents to leave the area which they had been promising since the flood last year. The flood caused a lot of damage too and UDA should have been more pro-active and are now back tracking and blaming others to save their proverbial backsides.They have unfairly dismissed a British company and any other competent suitable company who does not “align” with their “monetary objectives” at the cost of innocent lives.SDon

    Lankan Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:15 PM

    Just go and search "SJP Waste to Energy Ltd" on google, then you will come to know the fact, you don't need a ministry to tell you that!


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