Jun 03, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is taking measures to convert a mountain of garbage in the middle of the capital Colombo to a source of energy.
Sri Lanka Cabinet today approved a proposal submitted by the Minister of Environment Anura Priyadarshana Yapa to tap the monstrous Bloemendhal Road Garbage Dump as raw material to generate power.
Accordingly, the Cabinet allowed the Minister to obtain the approval of the Attorney General's Department and the Treasury to scrutinize the Horizon Renewable Energy Private Ltd., the company slated to establish the power supply project utilizing garbage.
The ever growing Bloemendhal Road Garbage Dump has become a health and fire hazard to the residents in the Madampitiya and Mutwal areas of the Colombo city as the mountain generates odorous and noxious fumes.
Over time various proposals have been put forward to solve the garbage issue at the Bloemendhal Road but none has materialized yet. Sri Lanka is faced with the solid waste problem for the past sixty years.