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Friday, 17 January 2014 - 14:16
UPDATE: Residents of 17 villages protest in Embilipitiya
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Residents of 17 villages in Angunakola Pelassa staged a protest today against the contamination of their drinking water sources due to the dumping of city garbage by the Ambilipitiya Urban Council and the Pradeshiya Sabha.

Nearly 2 thousand protesters began a protest march from Kadurugas Aara area and arrived at the Ambilipitiya town burning used tyres and blocking the Ambilipitiya Ratnapura main road.

Our correspondent reported that the vehicular traffic on the main road was blocked for several hours due to the protest.

The protesters complained that water of the Ambilipitiya South Canal which feed their drinking water sources has been contaminated due to the haphazard dumping of garbage in the area.

Our news team contacted the Mayor of Ambilipitiya Urban Council Wevelduwe Gnanaprabha Thera to comment on the allegation made by the protesters.

The Thera said that the Urban Council has drawn its attention to this issue to bring a solution to the problem as soon as possible.

Meanwhile SLTB transport service came to a standstill after the Mahawa SLTB workers launched a strike today demanding the payment of arrears.

Another worker attached to the Mahawa SLTB Depot has been staging a protest atop its water tank demanding the cancellation of his transfer.

When our news team contacted Manger of the Mahawa Depot Dharmasiri Nissanka, he said that he needs several months to pay the workers their arrears.


UPDATE: UPDATE: Friday, 17 January 2014 - 07:20 PM
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Protest in Ambilipitiya demanding for pure drinking water

Residents of 17 villages in Angunakolapelassa staged a protest today claiming that their drinking water supply has been contaminated with garbage released from Ambilipitiya Pradeshiya Sabha and urban council.

According to our correspondent, the protest has been staged in the centre of Ambilipitiya town causing hindrance to the traffic along Ambilipitiya – Ratnapura main road.
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