Coastal belt from Ratmalana to Mount Lavinia beach Haphazard garbage disposal that turned a main tourist destination to an eyesore

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Shramadana campaign organised with public participation helped to clear the ugly mess





By H.M. Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath   
Cleaning of the coastal belt from Wedikanda in Ratmalana up to the Mount Lavinia beach with public participation took place under a crash programme organised by the Dehiwala – Mount Lavinia Municipal Council, Mount Lavinia Environmental Police Unit, Civil Security Department and Lanka Sporting Goods Ltd. More than 1000 individuals participated.   

 A large collection of garbage including solid waste that turned the area with a main tourist destination, into a squalid town, was removed during the Shramadana campaign.   

Untitled-42Commenting on the programme, Quality Controller of the Ceylon Sporting Goods Ltd., Samadhi Sinhalage said that the coastal belt in Dehiwala- Mount Lavinia area was a main tourist destination in the country and that it should be environmentally spick and span.  

“However it is sad that the coastal belt in the area has been an eyesore due to the large collections of garbage. Haphazard disposal of garbage has resulted in this state. Residents of the area and the visitors are responsible for it. Garbage removal in the area has been a main issue affecting every town. Our company with the Municipal Council and several other state and private sector organizations implemented an environmental promotion campaign. Garbage was collected in separate bags and handed over to the garbage removal vehicles of the Municipal Council. Debris of houses and fallen trees and branches were burnt. We would continue this programme to keep this main tourist area clean and tidy,” Samadhi said.  

Members of several civil society organizations and the business community engaging in the tourist industry extended their cooperation to the environmental promotion programme.