Japan proposes solutions to Meethotamulla garbage mound - Protests held in Ja Ela as well today against dumping garbage

Monday, 24 April 2017 - 14:03


The Japanese research team which arrived here to make recommendations for the Meethotamulla garbage mound met President Maithripala Sirisena at the latter’s residence this morning.

President’ Media Unit quoted the recommendation report saying that the garbage mound should be reshaped before the next rainy season.

The Japanese research team comprising 13 experts arrived in the country on April 17th.

Having studied the incident at Meethotamulla, the leader of the team Mitshutake Numahata handed over their recommendation report to the president this morning.

The report recommends that the foundation of the garbage mound should be reinforced and covered with polythene before the advent of the next monsoon.

It also recommends that the garbage mound should be reshaped to balance with gravity.

The team has recommended long term solutions as well.

Among them are to reduce the quantity of garbage by recycling, generating energy and manufacturing compost.

The Japanese team leader also stated that Sri Lanka can learn lessons from similar experiences of Japan where Japan took remedial measures after its people protested against waste in the 1960s.

Recognizing the swift action taken by Japan, President Sirisena said that Sri Lanka expects help from the Japanese government to settle the solid waste issue in the country.

The expert recommendation report has been handed over to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as well.

Meanwhile, search operations at the collapse site of Meethotamulla continued for the 11th day today.

At the same time, our correspondents stated that protests were held in several places against transporting garbage from Colombo to the suburbs.

Residents at Nugape in Ja Ela engaged in a protest today against dumping city garbage in Muturajawela as well.

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