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12 August 2013 02:39 pm - 36     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


While stating that any new factory in the future must be constructed within a BOI zone, President Mahinda Rajapaksa today instructed that the controversial Weliweriya Dipped Products Glove factory be relocated in some other suitable area.

The President gave this directive during a discussion with Rathupaswala area residents and relevant officials on the Weliweirya water issue this afternoon at the Presidential Secretariat, the Presidential Spokesman and International Media Unit said in a statement. After listening to detailed accounts from residents, factory representatives and other officials, the President offered the following solutions to help resolve the situation:
  1. The main priority of the authorities in this region will be to ensure that the people receive safe water.
  2. The Government Analyst’s Department will carry out testing of the water and issue a report.
  3. If the report reveals that the factory has operated in a wrongful manner, the factory will be shut down immediately.
  4. If the report reveals that the factory has operated within the regulations, the company will be given a stipulated amount of reasonable time to relocate to a BOI zone.

In addition to these specific aspects, President Rajapaksa also stated that any new factory that will be located in Sri Lanka must be constructed within a BOI zone to prevent these types of problems in the future.

The residents and the factory representatives, under the guidance of the President, agreed to allow the factory to make use of the items that have already been produced prior to ceasing of operations and to allow the factory administration to function until the report is published.

The resident expressed satisfaction at the agreements reached and agreed to work with officials to help resolve the problem. President Rajapaksa urged the citizens to refrain from taking the law into their own hands if a problem arises in the future and requested all parties to try their utmost to resolve crises through discussion.

Minister of Economic Development Mr. Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Water Supply and Drainage Mr. Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Social Services Mr. Felix Perera, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary of the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Gampaha District parliamentarians, Western provincial council members, senior military officials and several other high-ranking government officials were present at the discussion

  Comments - 36

  • dhammika herath Tuesday, 13 August 2013 06:57 AM

    What about compensation for environmental damage, lost of lives, and the injured, future health costs and so on? do, we tax payers need to bear that cost inbehalf of the company, eh?

    PRASANNAJIT Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:09 AM

    Good one.

    sham Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:13 AM

    Agree, three people dead...! and also somany god injured too...!

    Bumble-bee Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:29 AM

    Looks like your brain has been relocated in your commode.

    Amila.G Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:35 AM

    Law of the land is buried with Political power and Money . Nothing will come right with a corrupt administration

    saudmohammed Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:40 AM

    His Excellency President is advising the people not to take the law into their hands. Actually the people staged a protest for a couple of days. What did he as the head of the Govt. do. His brother, the Defence Secretary as advised by the Bodhu Bala Sena, got the Army to come and shoot at the innocent people for asking safe drinking water. .Don't try to put the blame on the protesters. You will not blame the army because you don't want to hurt them because you want them to help you in the future too when people get onto the street when the cost of living escalates because of your mismanagement of the economy.

    saudmohammed Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:43 AM

    I hope the comment I made just now will be published. Do not be selective. You must publish comments against the Government also. You are supposed to convey the sentiments of every citizen.

    Richard Tuesday, 13 August 2013 06:06 AM

    What's the use of ministers, public servants, eh? Our Presidents sits one morning and solves the issue and also decides then and there what the future law on setting up factories, etc. If people do not have water to drink, what action does he say they should take rather than peaceful demonstration? Gosh, isn't he sooo clever?
    Citizens want to know who ordered the army in and gave orders to shoot to kill and what punishment is going to be meted out to them under the country's legal system or 'Kekille system.

    why not Tuesday, 13 August 2013 06:10 AM

    I think he is the worst most corrupt leader of a third world under development low income country.

    C.Seneveratne Tuesday, 13 August 2013 04:39 AM

    Waited until 3 deaths and over 40 injured to relocate.
    The army brutality must be investigated.

    AJ Tuesday, 13 August 2013 09:00 AM

    Sri lankans tend to forget quickly this country will always be the same ppl might not like what i say but thats the truth,

    siri Tuesday, 13 August 2013 09:37 AM


    C.K.Lankaputhra Tuesday, 13 August 2013 09:43 AM

    Will this report answer the Weliweriya Problem. Very doubtful.

    ANTON Tuesday, 13 August 2013 10:08 AM


    Grace Tuesday, 13 August 2013 01:32 PM

    Tamil Nadu is the best place and Karunanithi is the best manager for that factory.

    Amir Tuesday, 13 August 2013 01:34 PM

    at least 3 lives late...

    jaya wewa Tuesday, 13 August 2013 03:35 PM


    PRASANNAJIT Tuesday, 13 August 2013 03:11 AM

    Worth voting for what. Late decision making. Ultimately what happens is nobody at fault. Final conclusion is factory is given the nod to go ahead. Not even suspending operation until a report comes out.

    croc Monday, 12 August 2013 03:08 PM

    It is a wise decision, although it is too late.

    Wijesinghe Monday, 12 August 2013 03:11 PM

    its Worth voting MR, he is the best leader in SL history. simply best.

    Ratavasiya Monday, 12 August 2013 03:42 PM

    Only a proper election under Election Commision under a caretaker government can prove this.

    Samantha Monday, 12 August 2013 04:06 PM

    Right on cue and according to the master script ...

    Unfortunately, if this was done on July 31st three people would be living today and countless others will be free of suffering.

    ANTON Monday, 12 August 2013 04:15 PM


    Spitfire Tuesday, 13 August 2013 02:41 AM

    What a stupid suggestion to locate all factories within the BOI zone. how does it work? Is it any factory with his effluence or what. Location of factories should be done according to all demographics is it not?

    Sapumal Bandara Tuesday, 13 August 2013 02:48 AM

    The people of Rathupaswala has been proved correct and their demand for the closure of the factory is totally justifiable.

    Its high time that the authorities check on all factories located island-wide, including the the FTZs, EPZs & Industrial Estates for environmental pollution.

    Sapumal Bandara Tuesday, 13 August 2013 02:50 AM

    The next catastrophic disaster is almost at the door step of TEMPLE TREES, Renal Failure.
    Act before its too late and prove your metal, Mr President.

    Kondebedapucheena Monday, 12 August 2013 03:07 PM

    3 lives lost for this

    saman Tuesday, 13 August 2013 03:21 AM

    Dogs will always bark. Credit has to be given where it deserved. Thanks MR for resolving this issue. Yeah, let us make Ranil president! He will sell our country in no time!

    dias Tuesday, 13 August 2013 03:29 AM

    This factory should be in Hambanthota or Thangalle town.

    nillu Tuesday, 13 August 2013 03:34 AM

    is that all, so now they say ok problem solved factory is re located thats it. What about the lives lost, the questions still remains as to who ordered the troops to go there and to shoot, no punsihment for those culprits, and the owner of the factory caused all these havoc, nothing for them? good what an easy way to sort the matters.

    Finally he bacame the savior and the hero

    ind Tuesday, 13 August 2013 04:08 AM

    oya "proper" election kathawata Mangala monawada kiwwa neda ? Poddak eyagen ahala balanna !!!!

    Dilip Tuesday, 13 August 2013 04:08 AM

    why don't you do the same thing in North, move the KKS Cement factory and Paranthan Chemical factory, both bad for the enviroment and public.

    ind Tuesday, 13 August 2013 04:10 AM

    So you want president to interfere at the early stage of the issue ?? That is nonsense. True, the authorities not taken correct actions at the correct time. But that is not the president's job. They should have been sacked.

    kan Tuesday, 13 August 2013 04:13 AM

    Medicine after death

    gon rala Tuesday, 13 August 2013 04:35 AM

    Unforutnately they are all in the opposition now. UNPs handiwork

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