Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today the government has put in place a well coordinated system to permanently resolve the garbage crisis which has hit Colombo as well as several other cities in the country.
He said this at the opening of the Colombo National Book Fair organized by the Public Library.
“Several cities including Kandy are facing a garbage crisis. The intention of the government is to implement a coordinated effort by all local government bodies, provincial councils, government ministers including the Megapolis Minister to resolve resolve this matter permanently,” the Premier said.
“The main problem is to find land-fill sites. The garbage crisis cannot be solved with a proper disposal method. Colombo was a small town before 1977, the population was low, there was not much of garbage and not many industries. The quantity of garbage has gradually increased. Meetotumulla was originally selected as a dump in the early 1990s. The government in 1994 decided to stop dumping dumping garbage in Meetotumulla after a protest. Accordingly it was decided to use the dump at a site on Bloemendhal Road as a temporary solution but there were legal issues. Courts issued a stay order on dumping garbage at that site. The 2002 UNP government was was working out a permanent solution but could not finalise it because Parliament was dissolved. Later it was decided to use Meetotumulla again as a garbage dump once again.”
He said the government had looked at a location in Puttalam to dump garbage and at several other places as a temporary measure.
"Courts issued stay orders against dumping in some places amid protests. CMC Workers were harassed. The permanent solution depends on identifying and resolving the main issue which gave rise to the crisis. The Megapolis Ministry has selected a suitable location to dump garbage at Puttalam. It is not possible just to dump garbage as it has to be managed. It will take two years to manage the disposal. This location could be used for ten years to do so," the Premier said. (Yohan Perera)
Cost of transport to Puttalam is high. Surely many incinerators nearby could also be repeatedly used.
chandra Friday, 21 July 2017 07:33 PM
Two years allowed to escalate the garbage problem. At least act now as per previous regime propsal appreciate. via DM Android App
JAN Friday, 21 July 2017 08:51 PM
Garbage disposal at puttalam Very Expensive but CB Bond issues economy disasters cost 5 Bilns Agriculture Building non occupied cost 225 Millions Duty Free SUVs 20Billion Whos Responsible via DM Android App
ceylon Friday, 21 July 2017 10:05 PM
if soon resolvedont tell now.tell it after resolve it.all these words became lies.you said economic growth can increase to 10%.its still 5%.below war time growth. via DM Android App
kondaya77 Friday, 21 July 2017 10:48 PM
Ranil's favorite word "soon" How soon?
johan Saturday, 22 July 2017 08:40 AM
George Harry Friday, 21 July 2017 11:56 PM
Big garbage is you and your stalwarts.
johan Saturday, 22 July 2017 08:45 AM
This will take time. Now at present at Mattakkuliya area the CMC workers not going inside the lanes and collecting the garbage.And also we are not allowed to dump anywhere outside also.Each house the garbage is piled up for, so many days.What is the solution for this
Citizen Saturday, 22 July 2017 08:54 AM
The real garbage crisis is the govt
DJ Saturday, 22 July 2017 09:45 AM
We all were fooled by your cover mister honesty. However your rethoric has no substance and the mist simplest things are not achieved in our country due to bunch of thieves who surround you
Ratwatte Saturday, 22 July 2017 07:15 PM
Thank you sir. After many clean years under the previous regime, now even adjacent to my Amma's house location is becoming a garbage dump in Colombo. It did not happen when Gota and UDA were on top of things though Meetotamulla was an issue. So talk is cheap Sir; action is visible.Garbage leads to diseases and even mosquito breeding grounds.
Sonali Sunday, 23 July 2017 08:00 AM
Garbage crisis will be resolved "soon": PM
Dominic Sunday, 23 July 2017 10:55 AM
Can you believe it, they need two years to resolve this, just two months is sufficient with these modern machineries. Just use Critical Chain Project Management and finish it off in two months.
Layman Sunday, 23 July 2017 11:06 AM
Why Puttalam selected? just because there are mine pits available, but see the transportation cost and the environment pollution created by these transportations. Why not create pits similar to those mine pits in each district/province and just dump it. A similar pit can be made in just 10 days, with just 10 backhoes and 10 trucks.
Nalaka Sunday, 23 July 2017 01:54 PM
Garbage issue has become a disaster now, therefore take steps taken in disaster management, bypass all the usual steps / approvals and achieve the tasks, we are certain government has all the power for this. Or declare emergency and achieve it.
Rashen Sunday, 23 July 2017 01:59 PM
Prime minister has clearly stated that the main issue is not having a dumping yard, therefore please find it immediately and resolve the problem, and don't go on blaming the people and harass them by bringing in ban after ban.
Haramanis Sunday, 23 July 2017 06:15 PM
As with everything else - just hold your collective breath until 2025
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