The Government has put in place a strategic mechanism to clear the rising mounds of garbage in flood affected areas and the Cabinet has approved Rs 18 million for the said urgent waste management solution.
Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, President’s Counsel Faiszer Musthapha said that this was in order to clear the garbage dumps in the Kolonnawa and Kotikawatte areas within four days.
There is an estimated 470 tractor loads of garbage lying on the roads of Kottikawatte alone, he added.
Secretary of the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government, Kamal Pathmasiri explained that the areas of Kolonnawa and Kotikawatte had been divided into 10 portions, and two Bobcat loaders, four tipper trucks, six tractors, one excavator and one backhoe had been allocated for each area.
To fulfill this task, we have employed the services of the tri-forces, the Police, the Civil Service Department, the Central Environment Authority and others, Pathmasiri mentioned.
Musthapha elaborated that more than food and dry rations, the people were urgently in dire need for the garbage to be cleared.
When queried about other flood-hit areas such as Kaduwela and Malwana, he claimed that they were not ignored.
“Without ignoring other flood hit areas, we have decided to focus on Kolonnawa and Kotikawatte because they were the worst affected areas with enormous stacks of garbage still lying on the roads,” he remarked.