Heated situation Kolonnawa over mountain of garbage (Watch Video)

Heated situation Kolonnawa over mountain of garbage (Watch Video)

Written by Tharushan Fernando

24 May, 2015 | 8:24 pm

Tensions flared on Sunday evening during a protest calling for the removal of a heap of refuse in Meethotamulla, Kolonnawa.

The people living in the environs of this mountain of waste in Meethotamulla, Kolonnawa, are faced with a myriad of health, environmental and social concerns. The People’s Movement Against the Kolonnawa Garbage Mountain had organised a demonstration today, demanding the removal of the waste.

However,  police took steps to disperse them using high pressure water cannons as the demonstrators blocked the Avissawella – Colombo road. Attorney-at-Law, Nuwan Bopage who was injured in the incident, has been admitted to the National Hospital.

UNP Councillor  for the Western PC, S.M. Marikkar stated that it was under the previous regime that the garbage mountain was forcefully dumped in Kolonnawa and those who called for this to be removed had to face various acts of thuggery during the time of the previous regime.

He further noted that numerous rounds of talks were held, false promises were made and they had yielded ‘zero’ results. He also noted that an anarchical situation has been created in this area where more than 8,000 people live and that they are asking that this issue be resolved swiftly.
He further noted that the Honourable Prime Minister has informed, over the phone, on Saturday, to bring the group for talks on Friday morning.

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