The National Water Supply and Drainage Board confirmed that Coca Cola Beverages Sri Lanka, which was riddled in a controversy surrounding its oil leak, has paid the relevant authorities including the NWSDB for the losses incurred and the matter is considered closed.
Speaking to The Nation, Chairman of the NWSDB Alahudeen Ansar said that the Water Board had incurred losses amount to Rs.131 million which they had claimed from Coca Cola. “The company paid up swiftly and the matter is closed with regards to the water pollution case.”
Ansar added that the Water Board will monitor the area surrounding the plant and conduct regular tests as they have been doing in the past. “We will be cautious given the current situation and would like to reassure the general public that we are concerned about such activities and will ensure the proceedings.
Meanwhile, Minister of Water Supply and Water Management Rauff Hakeem responding to queries from the Opposition in Parliament cited that Coca Cola had reimbursed the amounts to the three institutions which requested for it.
Accordingly, the Central Environment Authority was compensated with Rs.1.3 million and the Marine Environment Conservation Authority Rs.1.5 million. He also added that the Environment Protection License had been reissued to the company conditionally and with direct supervision from the CEA.