Patali Champika suggests to impose tax to curb plastic

Published : 9:00 am  November 23, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (276) reads | 

khikmjhkuhThe Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report on Aruwakkalu sanitary landfill prepared by the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) is to be released this week, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.   


He said the ministry is likely to award the construction contract by the end of the month and initiate the project soon after.   


Addressing a press conference Ranawaka said Aruwakkalu was proposed as a solution for the increasing garbage collected in the city but hoped it would address the garbage issues in the entire country.   


Aruwakkalu was proposed under Metro Colombo Solid Waste Management Project’ (MCSWMP) through which it intends to carry out ‘Sanitary Land Fills’ with Korean technology as a safe and sustainable solution to the solid waste disposal to the entire country.   


US$.125 million (Rs.19 billion) project of which solid waste, treated and compressed into blocks at a plant in Kelaniya will be transported by train to Aruwakkalu in Puttalam to fill huge abandoned pits of limestones which had been used for decades to excavate lime for the Puttalam Cement Factory. Due to public protests the location of the Aruwakkalu project was changed several times however it is believed that it would be initiated at the end of this month  with the release of the EIA Report.   

 

US$.125 million (Rs.19 billion) project of which solid waste, treated and compressed into blocks at a plant in Kelaniya will be transported by train to Aruwakkalu 
in Puttalam


Meanwhile he said the Bloemandhal and the Meethotamulla garbage mountains would be converted in to urban parks by the Urban Development Authority within the next two years.   


Ranawaka said that due to the commitment made by the Colombo Beautification Unit, the Ministry was able to bring down the garbage issue to zero level.   


Therefore he said those who helped in the task from the bottom line labourer to the highest official would be awarded in an award ceremony to be held in the year end.   


Minister also said that he suggest the Finance Minister to impose a plastic tax to discourage the public using plastic.   

 

Aruwakkalu was proposed under Metro Colombo Solid Waste Management Project’ (MCSWMP) through which it intends to carry out ‘Sanitary Land Fills’ with Korean technology


He said that he also proposed the minister to direct the money received from the Plastic tax to Provincial Council bodies as a financial support to the garbage management programmes.   


He said if the practice implemented in a proper manner it could be considerably sufficient to manage the entire country’s garbage.   

 


the project will  cost

US$.125 mn