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From May 1, garbage disposal will not be permitted on lands coming under the purview of the Urban Development Authority (UDA), Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said today.

He said the garbage collected in the Western Province was dumped on lands coming under the UDA in Meethotamulla and Peliyagoda.

This will result in the respective local authorities being compelled to find other lands for dumping garbage on a daily basis.

"Some people are blaming politicians for the tragedy that ravaged Meethotamulla. This is not something that happened overnight. It is a problem which has been building up over a period of two decades. Every attempt to remove the garbage from this site has been resisted by different elements with political agendas,” the minister said.

He said even the attempts made in 1997 to resolve this problem with World Bank assistance was abandoned because of protests. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Citizen Monday, 17 April 2017 03:16 PM

    Being a responsible minister, shouldn't you be consulting and communicating with other stakeholders such a local councils etc as garbage dumping is pretty much a national issue now ?

    Indrasiri Monday, 17 April 2017 03:56 PM

    If UDA dictate on Local authorities to find their own locations for dumping waste UDA should withdraw the declaration made the local authorities as Urban Development Areas. The UDA's mandate is to assist LAs to develop comprehensive development plans to the declared areas for orderly development. The public adress of the Minister shows his inability and the UDA's incapability in implementing the development plans including Megapolis and Port City as well. Blaming to LA implies that the entire Ministry of Megapolis is failed in their all development plans including the recently compiled Megapolis Plan also.

    ceylon Monday, 17 April 2017 03:55 PM

    very good.take to your home. via DM Android App

    Shelly. Monday, 17 April 2017 03:56 PM

    Protests walata bayen passa gahana andu kohomada ratak hadanne. via DM Android App

    gamini Monday, 17 April 2017 04:06 PM

    this is not a private problem. If we don't blame the govt. whom else do we blame. Who is responsible.Simply shifting the responsibility to the local councils will not resolve the problem.If the local councils do not have lands, then lease out UDA lands and charge the Councils.You politicos need to study how developed countries solve this issue

    John Monday, 17 April 2017 04:47 PM

    Where to from home??!

    DillonDP Monday, 17 April 2017 04:58 PM

    As a responsible citizen i would wish to dump garbage into all politicians mouths, for them to have a taste of their own voimit

    disgusted Monday, 17 April 2017 05:06 PM

    people change governments not to hear irresponsible statements. this problem cannot be resolved by throwing the ball into the other mans court.ministers should find solutions for the betterment of the community and refrain from playing to the galary and making speeches like the oracles of Apollo before hired clappers. via DM Android App

    MP Monday, 17 April 2017 05:21 PM

    I hope all these politicians would bring life back to these dead bodies.

    L. Perera Monday, 17 April 2017 08:00 PM

    All these politicians should burred in the garbage dump. Can they talk any more.

    L. Perera Monday, 17 April 2017 08:02 PM

    Yes. That should be done

    CITIZEN Tuesday, 18 April 2017 02:03 PM

    At last, a good brainwave! All the garbage should be dumped in the Ministers' private properties!!!


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