Nov 21, Colombo: Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka says the garbage problem in the capital city of Colombo has been fully resolved.
Speaking at a media briefing held today (21) at the Colombo Municipal Council on urban waste management and urban beautification, the Minister said aside from the waste management issue and dengue problem the Colombo city has earned a significant place in South Asia as a result of clean water supply and air pollution control.
"Delhi, Islamabad have now become inactive due to air pollution and water pollution. We have been able ot control air pollution in Colombo relative to the 2007-2008 period. Waste management was the biggest problem we had, "the Minister said.
"We have been able to manage the waste management problem temporarily," he added.
Minister Ranwaka appreciated the support given by the Sri Lanka Army for beautification of the city, the police for environmental protection, and the municipal council as well as the private sector for waste management.
He also noted that the Navy and the Land Development Corporation also supported to control the water areas as well as to control the Kerawalapitiya garbage disposal site.
The Minister however hoped that the waste management will continue to be done by the people.
He said it's a great victory for the country that local government officials are resolving the garbage issue when there is no political authority for the local government bodies.
The Minister said the government within the next two year plans to develop the areas around the Beira Lake and provide solutions to the shanty dwellers as well as to maintain a clean water supply. "We are also working on developing a clean eco system," he added.
Similarly, a large scale national landfill site will be constructed at Aruwakkaluwa in Puttalam district for garbage disposal and the Ministry will receive the environment assessment report on the project this week, the Minister said adding that they will be able to award the contractors for construction at the end of this month.
Minister Ranawaka said the Urban Development Authority will convert both Meethotamulla and Bloemendal garbage dumps to parks.
The government will not allow to pile up garbage in future in this zone, the Minister stressed. He said the public also has a greater responsibility to fulfill their duties to the city and the environment.