Litro Gas, the largest importer and market leader of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Sri Lanka, recently stepped up as a key sponsor for the National Beach Cleaning Programme organised by the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA), which comes under the purview of the Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry.
Held annually, the programme is initiated islandwide with a motive to keep the beaches clean and healthy for generations to come. Kick started on September 19 across the Western Province this social responsible activity concluded with the Southern Province on September 23 covering Kalutara, Colombo, Gampaha, Puttalam, Manner, Kilinochchi, Jaffna, Mulativ, Trincomalee, Baticialo, Ampara, Hambanthota, Matara and Galle.
Litro Gas Lanka Limited (LGLL) Executive Chairman Shalila Moonesinghe said, “We are delighted to partner with the MEPA on this drive to clean up beaches across the island. This is yet another initiative in our corporate social responsibility agenda to contribute to the betterment of society in meaningful ways. Litro Gas is an organisation which is committed and concerned about the health, safety and environment (HSE) of all stakeholders and the country.”
Some of the beaches are polluted with glass, plastic bags, bottles, coconut shells, torn shoes among many others. These trash is not only causing a serious threat to the general health of those living near the beaches, as it provides a breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus and other diseases but also to the life at sea as they can easily mistake that trash for a certain food source.
On the other hand, with Sri Lanka increasingly being seen as a tourist destination with many visiting for a beach holiday, it’s the responsibility of the public, private companies and the government to ensure that it’s litter free.
Litro Gas is no stranger to such initiatives as its regional teams of staffs and distributors have actively taken participation in regional programmes held in the Puttalam, Jaffna, Trincomalee and Galle Districts organised by the MEPA.
The MEPA is the foremost authority in the country to prevent, control and manage marine pollution through effective enforcement of regulations, implementation of concerned international conventions, coordination and mobilization of stakeholder and other resources and has created sustainable private-public partnerships to achieve its mission of ‘a pollution-free marine environment around Sri Lanka for the sustainable national development and the wellbeing of its people and the economy by the year 2020’.
LGLL is the leader in marketing and selling LPG in Sri Lanka along with its associate company Litro Gas Terminal Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd. The company is the owner of the brand ‘Litro Gas’, which serves the customers through 4,700 points of sale islandwide. Litro Gas has a reputation for the strict implementation of safety standards and is considered as an important cornerstone in its company strategy.