Garbage issues CMC and SLLRDC at loggerheads over non-payment issues

Published : 12:00 am  October 9, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (84) reads | 

The Colombo Municipality yesterday paid Rs. 100 million of the Rs. 207 million to the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC) for the management of garbage collected within its city limits.   
The Corporation halted taking in garbage sent by the Colombo Municipality to its facilities earlier this week, citing an outstanding payment of Rs. 207 million for 15 months.   


SLLRDC Officials claimed that payments had not been made since May, 2017 and that they were not ‘dansalas’ to give their services to a local government body, with an income of almost Rs. 2 billion a year, for free.   
At a press conference held with regard to this matter, Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake claimed the Corporation had arbitrarily increased the price per ton of garbage from Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 5,000.   
The claim was denied by SLLRDC officials who stated that they had reminded the municipality of their outstanding payment on numerous occasions.  


Tensions kicked up a notch last weekend when the SLLRDC refused to accept garbage from the municipality. The decision created panic among the general public, who have always had the worst end of the garbage deal during bad weather.   


Sources at the Municipality claimed that garbage collection services will continue uninterrupted due to the payment made earlier yesterday.   


A statement from the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development said the SLLRDC facility had begun accepting garbage brought in from the Colombo city limits. The Ministry stated that it was now the responsibility of both government bodies to ensure an uninterrupted service.     

 

 

The Corporation halted taking in garbage sent by the Colombo  Municipality to its facilities earlier this week, citing an outstanding  payment of Rs. 207 million for 15 months