Ekala residents protest over new garbage disposal location

Ekala residents protest over new garbage disposal location

Ekala residents protest over new garbage disposal location

Written by Lahiru Fernando

12 Sep, 2016 | 10:13 pm

The residents of Ekala engaged in a protest on Monday September 12,  demanding officials to reverse a decision taken to dump garbage in the area.

A group which gathered close to the Ekala Clock Tower protested for nearly one and half hours, obstructing the flow of traffic along the Colomo – Kurunegala main road.

Making submissions during the hearing of the FR case pertaining to the garbage disposal of Meethotumulla, the Colombo Municipal Council informed the Supreme Court recently that recommendations have been made to dispose the garbage from Colombo on a private land located in Ekala.

“Only the people of Ekala took the streets today, they were not divided along party lines. If attempts are made to dump garbage here we will ensure that every person in the Ja-Ela electorate takes to the streets..”, said  UNP Western Provincial Councillor Shrinath Perera.

HEALTH CONCERNS

Residents of areas surrounding the private land which is being allocated to dump garbage say that this may result in serious health concerns…

“These are lands which were used for cultivation for years. We had to abandon these lands owing to various environmental issues that cropped up. If they dump garbage they will cause further destruction to this land, this will cause harm to the entire village”, said a resident.

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