Dumping garbage at Muthurajawela suspended by Court

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The Supreme Court today issued an interim injunction restraining Colombo Municipal Council from dumping garbage at Muthurajawela sanctuary till July 20 after hearing a Fundamental Rights petition file by 35 residents living around the sanctuary.

Chief Justice Priyasath Dep and Justice Upali Abeyratne issued this interim injunction on Colombo Municipality on considering the submission made by Dr. Sunil Cooray and perusing the documents filed to the petition.

The Petitioners who are living in close proximity to the sanctuary had cited the Colombo Municipal Council, its Commissioner, Urban Development Authority, Central Environment Authority Wattala Pradeshiya Sabha, Commissioner General of Department of Agrarian Development, Director General of Department of Wildlife Conservation, Irrigation Department Director General, Assistant Divisional Secretary, Geological Survey and Mines Bureau and the Attorney General as Respondents to the petition.

The Petitioners alleged that Muthurajawela was a sanctuary consisting of 192 distinct species of flora, 209 species of fauna, 102 species of birds, with large paddy fields across 635 acres with water canals, marshlands and mangroves across 7,000 acres plush forest.

They complained that the authorities without considering the protest by the petitioners, have allowed and facilitated vehicles that carry garbage to enter to the sanctuary without any proper approval or authority and dump garbage with the assistance of 300 members of the Police and Special Task Force.

Chief Justice Priyasath Dep and Justice Upali Abeyratne issued the interim injunction on Colombo Municipality being considering the submission made by Dr. Sunil Cooray with Keith de Mel appearing for the Petitioners. Senanie Dayaratne appeared for the CMC. Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Rajaratnam appeared for the Attorney General. (T. Farook Thajudeen)

 

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  • De Silva Wednesday, 05 July 2017 02:22 PM

    Put it on the church premises then

    De Silva Wednesday, 05 July 2017 02:24 PM

    This is a big joke. Put it in the court premises then

    ceylon Wednesday, 05 July 2017 03:03 PM

    while india sending 100 plus settelites in one daysri lanka cant keep clean its one city. via DM Android App

    ceylon Wednesday, 05 July 2017 03:44 PM

    everybody has garbage but nobody want to keep garbage even one km from their homes.better dump to mattala empty airport. via DM Android App

    Warren Wednesday, 05 July 2017 05:22 PM

    Its good move governments should find proper waste management methods to resolve the garbage issue without harming the nature and the enviroment if adequate funds are not available please use:1.Recover from looted wealth Rajapaksa Family 2.Stop duty free vehicles for MPS3.Bring hidden Black Monies of Sri Lankans abroad


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