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Meethotamulla garbage dump is to develop as an urban forest

In finding long term solutions to manage the solid waste disposal in Western region, the government has taken the initiative to stabilize the collapsed landfill at Meethotamulla and convert the area into an urban forest.

With the implementation of Megapolis Master Plan and Port City Project in Colombo, it has been forecasted that about an additional 1300 metric tons of waste will be generated daily in 2030.

Accordingly, the government has considered implementing several long term solutions to manage the municipal solid waste generated in the Western region.

Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka has proposed several projects and plans by his Ministry in this regard and the cabinet of ministers has given its approval to implement them.

Under the proposed projects, initiatives will be taken to stabilize the disturbed land fill at Meethotamulla within 5 months and develop the area as an urban forest.

The Central Environmental Authority will be empowered to grant environmental approvals for garbage disposal.

The government also plans to encourage public to dispose segregated waste and to transport only segregated waste to designated centers.

Project will also be implemented to start waste disposal and processing centers owned by Local government authorities which more than 50000 families reside.

The government will obtain propjet proposals from overseas countries through their Foreign Missions regarding Waste Disposal Project in Aruwakkaru, Puttalam.

As a long term solution, the land required for construction of Transfer Station at Kelaniya will be transferred from Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC) to the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development.

In long term the government will commence a project to generate electricity from waste.

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