May 09, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s cabinet has approved, as part of long-term solutions for the management of municipal solid waste generated in the western region, to start waste disposal and processing centres owned by local government authorities which have more than 50,000 families in residence.
An additional 1,300 Metric Tonnes of waste is estimated will be added daily by 2030 with additional infrastructure in the Megapolis Master Plan and Port City Project.
On a proposal made by Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, the following projects and plans were also approved by the Cabinet of Ministers:
• Take initiatives to stabilize the disturbed land fill at Meethotamulla within five months. Develop the area as an urban forest.
• Give powers to Central Environmental Authority to grant environmental approvals.
• Encourage public to dispose segregated waste and to transport only segregated waste to designated centres.
• Commence a project to generate electricity from waste.
• Obtain project proposals from overseas countries through their Foreign Missions regarding Waste Disposal Project in Aruwakkaru, Puttalam.
• Transfer the land required for construction of transfer station at Kelaniya from Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC) to the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development.