Coca Cola Beverages Sri Lanka will be in for a surprise this week when the Environment Conservation Trust not only files a fundamental rights petition, but also takes this case to the Human Rights Commission this week.
Executive Director at the Trust Sajeewa Chamikara lamented that the issue of the contamination of the Kelani River and water pollution has not been addressed seriously.
He told The Nation that the Trust would initially take the case to the Human Rights Commission this week.
“We all know very well that this issue has not been addressed adequately and appropriately,” he said. “Hence it is in the best interest of the consumer that we will be initiating legal action.”
Chamikara added that once the case has been put forth to the Human Rights Commission, a fundamental rights petition would be filed in courts.
Environment Conservation Trust Executive Director, Sajeewa Chamikara stated that legal action would be taken with the courts and Human Rights Commission for allowing the Coca cola beverage factory in Kadawatha to continue its operations without taking any action for polluting water in the Kelani River.
Speaking to The Nation on Monday (21) Chamikara revealed that the alleged oil leakage in to the Kelani River had caused a loss of more than 160 million rupees to the government.
But the authorities including Central Environmental Authority, National Water Supply and Drainage Board and the Police have failed to take legal actions against the factory, yet, he said and added that by doing so the authorities have violated the basic human right of access to safe drinking water of the general public.
Moreover, Chamikara said that he prepared a report that contains all relevant details and facts regarding the issue. He will release it to the media within this week, he revealed.
The Environmental Protection License (EPL) of the Coca cola factory was suspended by the CEA last month after oil from the factory was leaked into the Kelani River. That forced the water supply to be restricted to Colombo, Kotte and Dehiwela-Mt Lavinia on two occasions during August.
However, on August 31 the Authority decided to revoke the suspension temporary.