Aug 30, Colombo: The rubber glove manufacturer alleged of contaminating water resources in Rathupaswala area of Weliweriya in Sri Lanka is planning to resume operations at the factory for an interim period until it is moved to a new location in a Board of Investment (BOI) zone.
Releasing a statement to the media following a court hearing of a case filed against them by the residents of the area, the Hayley's Group company Dipped Products PLC said the reports presented to the Gampaha Magistrate Court so far have not shown any conclusive evidence to prove that the treated effluent from the latex glove manufacturing factory at Rathupaswala is responsible for the low pH in well water reported in the area.
"This has been the position maintained throughout by the Factory which has also been endorsed by a number of experts who have communicated their scientific opinion through the local media," the release said.
The Gampaha Additional Magistrate Heshan de Mel today permitted the factory to re-commence production.
Dipped Products said Rathupaswala factory was opened for non-production related activities soon after the multi-stakeholder meeting with the President Mahinda Rajapaksa held on 12th August 2013.
According to the consensus reached at the meeting, the Company has already requested the BOI for their assistance in identifying a suitable BOI Zone to which the factory can be relocated within an agreed time frame.
"In line with the consensus arrived at the multi-stakeholder meeting, the factory is now in a position to resume its production operation for an interim period pending its relocation, after consulting the relevant higher authorities in this regard," the company said in its statement.
The Company expressed appreciation to the higher authorities for their assistance to resolve the crisis.
Dipped Products which has been operating the factory for 18 years at the location has asked for the cooperation of the public in "maintaining a peaceful environment going forward and putting an end to the unnecessary animosity."
However, the area residents re-commenced a protest today demanding the closure of the factory and threatened to take legal action if it opens for operations.