Govt. to go green as part of mega beautification drive

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Sri Lanka's new interim government will launch green projects in several parts of the country as part of a mega beautification programme as well as maintaining the environment, Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa told the Daily Mirror yesterday.

As the first step, Namal said the section along the southern expressway from Matara to Mattala will soon be greener when the viaducts placed there for elephant crossings will be converted to vertical gardens while the spaces in between the interchanges will be used to install solar panels.

"Such projects will produce more green energy while solar panels installed in lands which cannot be used, can provide power to the residents in the area. There are so many small plots of land areas which otherwise cannot be used for any other purpose," Namal said.

The Daily Mirror learns that all projects which will be launched in Sri Lanka hereafter, whether it be by international or local investors will be encouraged to have more greenery and be more environmental-friendly in order to maintain Sri Lanka's beauty and produce more green energy. The government believes that having more greener projects will also help blend development with the existing ecosystem and will provide a more suitable habitat for animals.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in his election pledges vowed to ensure the environment is protected in all his development plans in order to ensure the environment is not polluted.

The President also pledged to amend existing laws, and if needed bring in new legislation to strengthen and protect the natural habitat of Sri Lanka's forest cover, rivers, streams and treasured wildlife. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

  Comments - 8

  • Adrian Thursday, 05 December 2019 08:26 AM

    More than enything, green bills will fill their pockets again.

    TONY Thursday, 05 December 2019 08:36 AM

    NAMAL WAS SILENT ALL THESE MONTHS. THINK HE WENT FOR SOME CLASSES TO COME OUT WITH COMMENDABLE COMMENTS

    TONY Thursday, 05 December 2019 08:38 AM

    AT LAST NAMAL HAS REALIZED THAT NOTHING LIKE GREEN FOR A HEALTHY LIFE. WONDER WHO OR WHAT CHANGED HIM

    srimali senn Thursday, 05 December 2019 08:43 AM

    I am so happy, at last somebody's eyes are open, our environment is our life, God bless you

    Dhammika Thursday, 05 December 2019 09:21 AM

    Words ONLY do not full fill promises BUT actions do .

    Malik S Thursday, 05 December 2019 10:29 AM

    Namal is not even a state minister only a MP, how dare he intitates such projects?

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Thursday, 05 December 2019 11:15 AM

    Namal, you are now irrelevant. Why don't you just remain silent without demonstrating your stupidity?

    Rufus Norton Friday, 06 December 2019 09:11 AM

    If he is genuinely planning to deal with the environment, he must give his attention to the polythene hazard and take effective steps to ban the use of polythene.


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