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BY YOSHITHA PERERA Residents of Meethotamulla can finally heave a sigh of relief with the government deciding to move the enormous garbage dump to Puttalam and to discontinue dumping garbage in Meethotamulla any more, Convener of the movement against the Meethotamulla garbage dump Keerthi Rathna Perera said yesterday. He said the government officials would halt dumping garbage at Meethotamulla, and that the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry had leased out a 10-acre-land in Muthurajawela for this purpose and also to launch a project to generate energy from solid waste. However, the government officials and the residents of Meethotamulla met recently to discuss this issue.

Following the discussion, the officials stated that they would discontinue dumping garbage at the Meethotamulla dump. They had further asserted that measures would be initiated to remove the remaining heap of garbage from the dump within a period of six months, and transfer it to Puttalam. The Daily Mirror spoke to several residents of Wimalarama Watta in Meethotamulla to know their views about the new decision. Most of them were victims of the recent torrential rains and floods that battered the area. PIX BY DAMITH WICKREMASINGHE