Colombo Mayor Prasanna Gunawardene, struggling to overcome the garbage crisis, has decided to bury it in `small plots in different wards,` which include cemeteries. He said that every ward would have different places where a small areas would be utilised to bury garbage.
The Colombo Municipal Council, which is faced with the colossal problem of finding places to dump garbage, has decided to distribute it throughout the Colombo city limits burying it in city wards.
According to informed sources of the CMC, the private company which was in charge of handling garbage dumps stopped its work. The CMC attempted to resolve the crisis by seeking legal action against the firm. A CMC spokesman said that the company had been given a contract for 25 years. However, after around three years the firm refused to handle CMC garbage anymore. The case is yet to be taken up in Court.
He said the Council had a temporary garbage dump in Madampitiya. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry has also offered the CMC a plot of land for garbage dumping.
Meanwhile, Gunawardene said that the `car park,` in one of the city cemeteries had been chosen to bury a part of the city garbage. A six foot pit would be dug for the purpose. However, the Mayor stressed that the remains of the dead would not be affected by this action taken by a desperate CMC.
Several residents in the area surrounding some of the new places that are being dug up to bury garbage complained that this action taken by the CMC was against all norms and was a hazard to health and sanitation. `It also shows lack of respect for the dead,` they stated.