If Rathupaswala glove factory is re-opened - residents ready to sue again.

Friday, 30 August 2013 - 18:46


The lawyer appearing on behalf of the Weliweriya Rathupaswala controversial glove factory informed the Court today that the factory will be reopened soon.


Factory lawyer Jeevantha Jayatilaka informed the factory decision when the case filed by the residents of the area against this factory was taken before Gampaha Additional Magistrate Heshan de Mel today.


Lawyer Jayatilaka told our news team that 4 institutions which carried investigations on this incident submitted their reports to the Court.


He also said the particular reports have not mention that the ground water in the area was contaminated due to the factory waste, so the factory is going to reopen soon.


When the case was taken for hearing today, Gampaha additional Magistrate Heshan de Mel said that a suitable Court procedure should be followed to settle this dispute.


He also informed all parties concerned to take cautions and act with responsibility not to repeat the untoward incidents as in the past in Rathupaswala.


Later the Additional Magistrate postponed further hearing of the case until 26th of this month.


However lawyer appearing on behalf of the affected residents in the area Palitha Senarathna informed the Court that the residents will sue the factory if it breaches the agreement and reopens the factory.


Later Attorney at law Palitha Senarathna expressed his views to our news team.




Meanwhile the incumbent of the Gal Oluwa Sri Sambuddha Jayanthi Viharaya Teripehe Siridhamma Thera who staged a fast unto death protest against the contamination of ground water in Weliweriya told our news team this afternoon that he is preparing to return to his fast unto death protest.




Teripehe Siridhamma Thera and a group of residents in the area handed over a petition to the UN office in Colombo today aiming to educate the international community about their drinking water problem.