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CMC not sending garbage to Aruwakakalu - Ministry Secretary

Megapolis and Western Development Ministry Secretary Nihal Rupasinghe yesterday blamed the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) for not taking action to send the metropolis’ solid waste to Aruwakkalu in Puttalam despite being informed last September that the Kerawalapitiya temporary dumping site was reaching its capacity.

He said the Aruwakkalu state-of-the-art garbage dumping site, which is a permanent solution to the issue, has been constructed on a scientific basis and was ready to accept 600 metric tonnes of waste daily from March this year.

Speaking to media at the ministry, the Secretary said though the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry is not responsible for garbage removal in Colombo city, it was involved in building the link between the CMC and the Wanathawilluwa Pradeshiya Sabha, which opposed the Aruwakkalu project earlier.

“We helped the CMC to obtain the relevant permit from the Road Development Authority (RDA) to transport that garbage by road to Aruwakkalu as well. But, I don’t know as to why they are not sending garbage there,” he stated.

The Secretary also said the CMC had entered into a tripartite agreement with the Wanathawilluwa Pradeshiya Sabha and the contractor to transport garbage to Aruwakkalu by paying a tipping fee of Rs. 2.5 million per month till December. This will be paid as agreed upon by them to a request made by the PS.

However, CMC Deputy Mayor M.T. M Iqbal said the project to carry Colombo waste to Wanathawilluwa was delayed as they were expecting to hand over waste to a private company in Kerawalapitiya.

But, he said that company had halted the project due to the tense situation occurred in the country recently and therefore, their plans were delayed. “Now the project has been resumed by them and the CMC will be able to hand over the garbage bulk to that company by December this year,” he said.

“We have requested a 5-acre extent of land from the Land Reclamation and Development Board to dump garbage till that project is ready. When it is started we will have no need to send garbage to Aruwakkalu spending about Rs. 4.5 million daily,” the Deputy Mayor said.

Waste collection in the Colombo Municipal Area will recommence today and they will be sent to Aruwakkalu by this evening, the Deputy Mayor added.

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