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Court order stops waste transport to Rathgama Recycling Project

Galle Chief Magistrate Harshana Kekunawela issued a conditional order to the Southern Province Local Government Commissioner and the custodian of Garbage Recycling Center of Monroviya Watta at Panvila in Rathgama, Galle, restricting them from transportation and receiving of garbage to the center on Tuesday in consideration of submissions tendered by the Rathgma Police.

The Rathgama Police said the court that owing to the operation of the said garbage recycling centre, the regular activities of the people of the area were hampered due to a number of environmental issues caused by the project. The Police pointed out that an intolerable bad odour was being spread in the nearby regions, the well water of the area was added with pollutants and paddy fields could not be cultivated as usual for the soil of them had been contaminated with impurities due to the garbage recycling process.

The garbage collected in seven Local Government institutions is brought and disposed at the Monroviya garbage site, it was also reported.

The magistrate after being convinced over the health hazards and environmental impediments caused to the public and on consideration of the submissions made by Rathgama Police OIC IP Prabath Withanage by way of an affidavit, issued the said conditional order to be effected until January 21. The order was issued to Southern Province Local Government Commissioner Senaka Palliyaguru and Custodian of the recycling project Buddhika Pathirana.

The magistrate further declared that the above officials could appear in court on the said date or before the date and submit their counter arguments over the said order for any relief or change in the order. Rathgama OIC Prbath Withana assisted by Sergeant Devasinghe made submissions while Prasitha Walgama, Ajith Kumara and Yasaswin Godakanda appeared Attorney-at-Laws for the aggrieved party.

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