A tense situation prevailed when Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka held a discussion this morning at Wanathawilluwa Divisional Secretariat on the Aruwakkalu Hygienic Solid Waste Disposal Project (AHSWDP) in Puttalam.
The Minister was in discussion with members of the Pradeshiya Sabha and Divisional Secretary of Wanathawilluwa last morning when a group of villagers staged a protest against the project saying that a drain has been excavated to release waste to the lagoon.
However, it was later revealed that the drain had been cut to take flood water to the lagoon as the development activities were affected during the rainy season.
The protesters have damaged properties of the development site and Minister Ranawaka had instructed the law enforcement authorities to apply the law strictly to those who damaged state property.
The protesters claimed that their place of living Aruwakkalu has been selected to dump all rubbish and waste from outside and as a result, the Puttalam Lagoon has been turned into a rubbish dump which they could not stand.
The Wanathawilluwa Police took much efforts to maintain law and order at the site and told protesters to resolve the issue with dialogue and compromise with authorities.
The project AHSWDP will see the transfer by train of solid waste in sealed containers from Kelaniya Railway Station to an engineering sanitary landfill site to be built in Aruwakkalu in the Puttalam District.
“The Environment Impact Assessment has been done in July 2015 after the present government came into power” the Minister Ranawaka pointed out. (Sandun A Jayasekera and Thilanka Kanakarathna)
Dee Sunday, 9 September 2018 18:10
Had the former secretary been there. No protests! Protesters would have been 'sanitized'
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Dam Monday, 10 September 2018 08:21
You morons wants HIM only... but when he was there all cried foul. Read carefully what minister informed the protesters ... settle issue with dialog than damaging properties
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dickie bird Sunday, 9 September 2018 19:36
Minister must apply the Law on himself for the hit and run incident where he was involved and introduced the third party to be the driver.Charity begins at home before it filters.
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Ceylon Sunday, 9 September 2018 20:09
This lawless country has two laws.law and strict law.ha ha ha.champika'dS jeep knocked down motor cyclist and made him criple for life,soon police erased the cctv camara recordings of the homes to cover up who drived the jeep.
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Ajja93 Monday, 10 September 2018 08:42
Pls consider counter and politicians as two separate. Always learn to love your country
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Job Sunday, 9 September 2018 20:53
Do the job
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WAIT AND SEE THE MESS Monday, 10 September 2018 07:38
“The Environment Impact Assessment has been done: - this is a farce in our wonder of asia - the environment at the coal power station speaks for itself. Wait and see here - they will come out with the story "this or that" has broken down and we cannot help it - for the lagoon getting polluted. ALSO "solid waste in sealed containers" - TELL THE MARINES - finally it will be in garbage bags !
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John Monday, 10 September 2018 09:16
Of course there are protests, no one trusts the government to tell the truth and for there not to be some corrupt agenda behind anything.
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