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* Sri Lanka Army to make its vehicles and buildings environmentally friendly
Thu, Apr 3, 2014, 08:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army in consistent with the government's green environment policy will move to make its vehicles and buildings environmentally friendly.

As the first step, the army will subject its 15,000 strong vehicle fleet to emission tests.

Sri Lanka Army Media Director, Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera told the media that the army has a large fleet of vehicles that emit noxious gases polluting the air.

He said that the army is focused on becoming environmentally friendly and the first move is to subject the vehicles for vehicle emissions tests to ensure they do not pollute the environment.

Directorate of Supply and Transport of the Army by on the directions of the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake recently launched a program to conduct emission tests on the entire fleet of army vehicles.

The vehicles are to be tested in 160 centers and mobile testing units island wide.

The next step to be taken by the army is to ensure that all buildings owned by the force will be made environment-friendly and according to environmental standards.

Sri Lanka military has also commenced the solar electrification of its camps. The project commenced today with the inauguration of a 20 KW solar power station at the 2 Engineer Service Regiment (ESR) at Tissawewa, Anuradhapura. Two such projects were also launched at Punewa Navy Camp and Palavi Air Force Base.

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