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Uncleared garbage heap transferred as interim relief

Nearly five tons of garbage which had piled up near the Kotuwegoda pola grounds was transported to the Rathgama Monrovia Estate garbage recycling plant by sanitary workers of the Matara Municipal Council yesterday.

The garbage had collected near the Kotuwegoda pola grounds due to the stoppage of garbage collection in Matara following a court order in June.

The transfer follows a decision taken at a meeting of the Matara District Development Committee on Monday (8).

Speaking at the meeting, Southern Province Local Government Commissioner Senaka Palliyaguruge said he was prepared to accept five tons of garbage collected in Matara for recycling at the Rathgama Monrovia Estate recycling plant administered by him as a measure of relief to ratepayers in Matara who were suffering from the stench emanated by uncleared garbage in the city.

Palliyaguruge said the plant could not store more than five tons of garbage for recycling daily due to limitations of staff and other resources.

He said this temporary measure would not help resolve the mounting garbage problem in Matara following a court order issued on June 27 prohibiting the dumping of garbage in the Kotawila dumping site for a period of three months.

The court order was issued consequent to a writ petition filed by the Kotawila Police on behalf of Kotawila residents against the Matara Municipal Council. This follows repeated complaints made by residents to the Kotawila Police regarding the inconvenience caused by the dumping site in their area.

Meanwhile, the Matara Municipal Commissioner has notified traders that the Matara Mahajana Pola would not be held on July 10 and July 14 as it would aggravate the garbage problem.

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