Aug 18, Colombo: Environmental groups and activists in Sri Lanka plan to commence an awareness campaign about factories that cause environmental pollution across the country.
President of the Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) and Attorney-at-law, Ravindranath Dabare told a news conference that inefficiencies of the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) and the police in the area resulted in the Weliweriya tragedy.
He observed that it is the role of the CEA to monitor and prevent factories from polluting the environment, which it has failed to do.
Dabare explained that the CEA is vested with special powers and functions to regulate and investigate factories to see whether there are any pollutants being emitted into the soil, water or air.
He added that the CEA has not maintained their tests regularly until innocent people start to suffer.
According to Dabare, the CEA at the very first instance had not made the application under section 19 or section 266 of the National Environmental Act, nor have they requested for a site inspection.
He said that environmentalists would now commence a campaign to create awareness about more factories that pollute the environment.