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The best solution for Colombo's garbage disposal quagmire was given by former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the government should implement it without being fixated on who will receive the credit, MP Udaya Gammanpila said today.

He said dumping garbage at Karadiyana or somewhere else was not the best solution to this crisis.

He said Mr. Rajapaksa had suggested that the garbage collected daily within the Colombo Municipal Council limits and those already piled up at Meethotamulla and Bloemendhal be transported by train to the Aruwakkalu limestone quarry in Puttalam.

“Mr. Rajapaksa had suggested that the limestone pits be turned to ‘sanitary land fills’ prior to depositing garbage in them. Cabinet approval was given to the proposal in August 2014 and Rs.2 billion allocated in the 2015 budget for the project. However, with the change of government, the project was abandoned,” he told a news conference organised by the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya.

Mr. Gammanpila said the government had claimed that the project had hit a snag after the Wildlife Department had opposed it because some of the limestone pits were situated within the Wilpattu National Park buffer zone.

"Although unauthorised human activities are banned within a buffer zone, activities approved by the authorities can be carried out or otherwise the buffer zone could be moved 300 meters towards the perimeter of the national park,” he said.

Referring to the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry’s announcement that it would not permit garbage to be dumped on Urban Development Authority (UDA) lands, Mr. Gammanpila said it was not a solution and the UDA should assist the local government (LG) authorities by providing expertise when disposing garbage.

"The LG bodies are not capable of handling this crisis alone. This is an act of side stepping the issue,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Gammanpila said western Province Chief Minister and Megapolis Minister don’t see eye to eye when it came to the garbage crisis in Colombo. “However, the President also remains silent by allowing the two to work things out which will never happen,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • TONY Tuesday, 18 April 2017 10:40 PM

    THIS GUY IS MAINTAINED BY THE RAJAPAKSHAS. WHICH IS WHY HE ALWAYS ACTS AS THEIR SPOKES MAN

    Sharon Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:43 PM

    Read the article well before commenting...

    sheriff Wednesday, 19 April 2017 06:34 AM

    Use Gota;'s white vans to carry dead people

    Titanic Wednesday, 19 April 2017 07:37 AM

    After 35 years people from puttalam going to uprise against this decision via DM Android App

    Handipora Wednesday, 19 April 2017 08:25 AM

    Well said, this bugger is off his head.

    Don Wednesday, 19 April 2017 08:29 AM

    Is he planning to organize Gota to make more billions fromGarbage Traders?This Gom-un-Pila is insane.What about the affidavit signed and made Millions from Australian?

    TRUE MAN. Wednesday, 19 April 2017 08:28 AM

    FORGED POWER OF ATTORNEY UTTERS THROUGH HIS HAT. HA HA HA HA HA HA. ..... HA HA ......... via DM Android App

    Dhanushka Wednesday, 19 April 2017 08:32 AM

    The Goda's proposal was move this garbage to Puttlam where the places obtain Hunugal. Those places able to store garbage for another 50 years. That great quick solution this burning issue, Anyhow after not stop this there will be a recycling solution should take place with help of foreign investor or country,

    meloney Wednesday, 19 April 2017 06:30 PM

    Here we go, everybody listen to our Mahadanamutta.

    BuffaoaCitizen Wednesday, 19 April 2017 09:07 AM

    Excellent comment.

    J Palitha Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:19 AM

    I got to know from a reliable source that Gamampilla gets a monthly allowance of 2 Lakhs from Gotta to support him.

    SUNIMAL Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:35 PM

    WAT THE HELL THIS BUGGER IS TELLING NOWGOTA SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS WHEN THEY WERE IN POWER IF HAD ANY IDEA ??NOW WILL BE TELLING THEY HAD WAR TO FACE - LOL

    Orpheus Friday, 21 April 2017 07:40 AM

    Or Compose the biodegradable rubish and recycle metal, paper and bottles.

    hemantha Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:40 PM

    This project proposal completed in August, 2015. Anyone can see proposal from website

    ANTON Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:47 PM

    MAY PAARA MEYAA HISA THEL GAALA THIYENNEY ENGINE OIL VALIN

    Selvyn Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:45 PM

    Dont praise and suggest people with a track record of corruption. via DM Android App

    dilan Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:51 PM

    the best solution to the garbage problem is converting it to energy as done now in most countries.... but such things will never be done in SL as politicians and their goons will loose out on commissions

    JAN Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:52 PM

    please collect Rs 100 each as Gammanpila did makes millions to start Garbage Disposable System via DM Android App

    TONY Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:58 PM

    MY SUGGESTION IS FOR THE GOVT TO GET ASSISTANCE FROM GERMANY, SWEDEN OR OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES TO OBTAIN INCINERATORS AND BURN THEM. GERMANY CAN ALSO HELP US RECYCLE GARBAGE FOR FERTILIZER OR RENEWABLE ENERGY.

    Selvyn Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:57 PM

    It demonstrates the power-hunger mentally of the Sri Lankan politicians via DM Android App

    Warren Tuesday, 18 April 2017 05:08 PM

    Gammanpila rather than dumping the garbage and killing the nature and the soil we need to find a proper systems to recycle them I cant understand why non of these politicians can't think of implementing a permanent solutions for this.

    Lima Tuesday, 18 April 2017 05:18 PM

    THIS IDIOT IS FROM THE SAME CLAN WHO ROBBED SRI LANKA , WHAT THEY WAITED SINCE 2005 TO 2015 JAN TO TELL PUBLIC OF SRI LANKA.. ALL THESE JOKERS WILL BE NO MORE WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME , WAIT AND SEE

    Gommanpila Tuesday, 18 April 2017 05:28 PM

    I think you do not need to give your opinion to everything. Best is keep your mouth shut and take some rest with your 'panchayudha' friend.

    Tissa Tuesday, 18 April 2017 05:26 PM

    The 3 chief minister of western province try to earn under hand money with Colombo garbage go back to Reginald cooray why Chndrika is silent they on the covers of settling the problem they try to sell it via DM Android App

    daily boru Tuesday, 18 April 2017 05:38 PM

    so you want to create another garbage dump somewhere else? Out of site out of mind!Same or worse results in another 30 years.

    sobers Tuesday, 18 April 2017 06:29 PM

    When Technology and Science is so developed our Political jokers are still discussing solutions. When the Brits built the Colombo Kandy Railway station in 1851 it was commitment, now our fellows can't even build a 1 km rail track in upcountry, we are being ruled by corrupt and idiots..

    dissapointed Wednesday, 19 April 2017 01:33 PM

    look at the proposal and not the person who suggested it. if you do your decision will be biased because you already hate all the Rajapaksas and your mind is prejudiced.Its still not late. implement it in good faith. via DM Android App

    Jayantha Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:52 PM

    Gota is one of the persons who can give solutions to this type of issues. He changed the Colombo to an extent one cannot believe.


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