Garbage taken to Karadiyana despite protests


Trucks carrying garbage from Colombo enter Karadiyana facility.

Text and pic by Pinsiri Ariyaratne Ratmalana Divaina corr

In spite of protests, disposal of Colombo garbage at Karadiyana continued yesterday under police guard. In addition to the ordinary police, elite police commandos were deployed. A senior official in charge of Karadiyana garbage dump said that 79 truck loads of garbage amounting to 348 tonnes had been dumped there on Thursday (April 20). On the previous day, 69 truck loads amounting to 345 tonnes had been disposed there in accordance with a magisterial directive that 350 tonnes of garbage could be moved from Colombo to Karadiyana until April 28.

On both days, those in charge of Karadiyana dump turned back several trucks filled with garbage insisting they would not abide by the magisterial directive.

Meanwhile, Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa yesterday admitted that they were yet to reach consensus on a permanent solution. Addressing the media at the Presidential Secretariat, Minister Yapa explained various options that were under consideration at the moment.

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