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Tense situation in Meethotamulla over garbage dump

6 April 2013 06:25 am - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A tense situation has developed in Meethotamulla, Kolonnawa due to a protest staged demanding the immediate removal of the 16-acre garbage dump site in the area.

A massive crowd has gathered before the gates of the Meethotamulla garbage dump site few hours ago, chanting slogans and urging the authorities to immediately put a stop to dumping garbage in the site. The protest organized by a group named ‘Peoples Movement against the Meethotamulla Garbage Dump’ claims eight villages in the area have been severely affected due to the garbage that is being dumped in the site daily.

“Close to 90% of the villagers are suffering from various contagious diseases and the residents are not even able to obtain clean water due to the waste mixing into the local water sources,” the protestors said. Meanwhile, Rahula Vidyalaya, a school located close to the garbage dump site had to be closed about three months ago as a result of the adverse impacts of the garbage dump site.

Security has been tightened in the area and a large number of police personnel have been dispatched near the garbage dump site at present.

The protestors stated they staged a similar protest about three months ago urging the removal of the site but the authorities have remained inactive concerning their pleas. Speaking further they added today's protest will continue until an effective solution is granted concerning their grievances.

A short while ago the protestors blocked the road leading to the garbage dump site and have commenced a continous sathyagraha campaign to win their demands. (LP)

  Comments - 13

  • Sonali De Silva Saturday, 06 April 2013 09:22 AM

    The garbage dump site has to be seen to believe. Its almost like a garbage hill. I hope the people in the area will not give up the protest till they stop dumping and start clearing.

    malaka Saturday, 06 April 2013 06:49 AM

    danna dene gahaganilla ana kota ganilla echchara ne danne

    Gajan Saturday, 06 April 2013 12:00 AM

    Lets build a new airport in Katharagama jungle instead the garbage problem. via DM Android App

    nihal Soori Saturday, 06 April 2013 02:06 PM

    People should realize the gravity of not managing the Solid waste properly.
    No government can solve this problem unless people start separation of waste in different categories at thier homes.
    Even the bad smell of Meethotamulla comes to Borella also.
    Must use the brain and not the power in solving national problems by the authorities.

    ANTON Saturday, 06 April 2013 07:09 AM


    MerwynSilva Monday, 08 April 2013 01:43 AM

    Let us allocate the Galle Face Green as an alternate garbage dumping area.

    muhammad Saturday, 06 April 2013 12:00 AM

    Every valid reason on this demad. How the prople can live on such an environment. despatch all garbage to an Island where no human. via DM Android App

    Fassey Saturday, 06 April 2013 10:43 AM

    The protest is reasonable. Its very difficult to pass the Meethotamulla area in a vehicle, the stink is so bad. How can the people live continuously breathing polluted air?

    AJ-DXB Saturday, 06 April 2013 08:03 AM

    any photo updates?

    Kodithuwakkuarachchi Saturday, 06 April 2013 08:17 AM

    BBS time to call another one of your press conferences.

    mad man Saturday, 06 April 2013 12:00 AM

    16acrs OMG , why dont give it to chineese via DM Android App

    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 06 April 2013 08:41 AM

    Another stinking episode.

    Bavana John Saturday, 06 April 2013 08:50 AM

    Call BBS soon!

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