Garbage: Adopt Gota’s proposal, says PHU
Posted on April 18th, 2017

 Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror

The best solution for Colombo’s garbage disposal quagmire was given by former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the government should implement it without being fixated on who will receive the credit, MP Udaya Gammanpila said today.

He said dumping garbage at Karadiyana or somewhere else was not the best solution to this crisis.

He said Mr. Rajapaksa had suggested that the garbage collected daily within the Colombo Municipal Council limits and those already piled up at Meethotamulla and Bloemendhal be transported by train to the Aruwakkalu limestone quarry in Puttalam.

Mr. Rajapaksa had suggested that the limestone pits be turned to ‘sanitary land fills’ prior to depositing garbage in them. Cabinet approval was given to the proposal in August 2014 and Rs.2 billion allocated in the 2015 budget for the project. However, with the change of government, the project was abandoned,” he told a news conference organised by the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya.

Mr. Gammanpila said the government had claimed that the project had hit a snag after the Wildlife Department had opposed it because some of the limestone pits were situated within the Wilpattu National Park buffer zone.

“Although unauthorised human activities are banned within a buffer zone, activities approved by the authorities can be carried out or otherwise the buffer zone could be moved 300 meters towards the perimeter of the national park,” he said.

Referring to the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry’s announcement that it would not permit garbage to be dumped on Urban Development Authority (UDA) lands, Mr. Gammanpila said it was not a solution and the UDA should assist the local government (LG) authorities by providing expertise when disposing garbage.

“The LG bodies are not capable of handling this crisis alone. This is an act of side stepping the issue,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Gammanpila said western Province Chief Minister and Megapolis Minister don’t see eye to eye when it came to the garbage crisis in Colombo. However, the President also remains silent by allowing the two to work things out which will never happen,” he said.

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3 Responses to “Garbage: Adopt Gota’s proposal, says PHU”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    Not a good solution.

    Taking garbage by train for 170km and back (340km) on a daily basis is extremely expensive. Transportation alone would cost at least $5 million a year. Loading, unloading and spreading will cost another few million dollars. The loan provisionally discussed with an international lender would need to be repaid with interest. Assuming 10 years, about $7 million in total will have to be repaid annually for 10 years. More if a grace period applies.

    It does not solve the problem. It only transfers the problem to Puttlam! It will stink the entire 170km stretch mostly residential. A dedicated train will have to be assigned. How about garbage dumps elsewhere from councils other than the CMC? This solution does not address that. It is a bigger problem and growing.

    The right solution is to handover garbage recycling and management to a specialised company to operate in Meethotamulla. It will not cost a thing to the government. Garbage is big business. Relocate people elsewhere. It is a health hazard to live there even if it has one or two days of garbage (according to Gota’s proposal).

  2. Christie Says:

    ඉන්දියානු පරපෝසිත අබන්ස්ල තමයි කොලොඹ කුනු එකතු කරන්නෙත් කුනුකන්දල් ගහන්නෙත්. මුන් මහදනවතුන් උනේ රොස්මීඩ් ප්ලේස් එකේ බන්ඩලට පුකපිහින හොටුපිහින හා වෙනත් ගේදොර බඩු දීල. අද මුන්ගෙන් යැපෙන ජෙප්පො මීතොටමුල්ල ව්පැත්තියෙන් රට අල්ලන්න යනව.
    සිරිසේන වාර්තාවක් ඉල්ලනව ඉන්දියාවට යවන්න. කොපියක් අබාන්ස්ලට. ජෙප්පන්ට අබාන්ස්ල ගාන කොහොමත්දෙනවනෙ
    රතු කැරලි කාරයෝ ඇන් ඇම් පෙරේරගෙ කලෙ ඉඳල කැප්ටන්ල වගෙ ඉන්දියානු පරපෝසිතයන්ගෙනුත් ඉන්දියානුවෙනුත් යැපුන උන්. සෝමවන්ස අමරසින්හයත් යැපුනෙ ඒස්වරන් සහෝදරයන්ගෙනුත් අනිකුත් ඉන්දියානු පරපෝසිතයන්ගෙනුත්ය. මට කනගාටුයි සින්හල තරුනයන් මෙම ඉන්දියානු මොලසේදිමට යටවෙල ඉන්නව දකින්න. රතු කන්නාඩිවලටවත් අබාන්ස්ලගෙ වැඩපේන්නෙ නැත්තෙ මොකද?

    Abans Enviromental Services pte ltd is the contractor responsible for this tragedy. Owned and operated my well known Indian Colonial Parasites

  3. Christie Says:

    In fact garbage is not really garbage. It consists of stuff used by humans or produced by humans or nature and soil. The first thing is to separate this garbage to its constituents and treat the separately as appropriate. Separation can start at the source.

    Plastics can be recycled or burnt for energy.

    Soil sand vegetable and animal matter can be used as fertilizer.

    Paper and wood can be recycled for fiber uses.

    Metals can be recycled.

    Most of the other stuff can be used as filling to build roads and railways.

    We Sinhalese have to take control of the country from India and Indian colonial parasites.

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