April 20, 2017 09:08 pm
A special gazette notification has been issued under President Maithripala Sirisena’s directive, making all garbage disposal services of local government bodies as essential services, from midnight today (20), the President Media Division said.
Accordingly a gazette will be issued with effect from midnight today under the Public Security Act Clause NO 16 declaring garbage disposal by any authority of the Public Administration is an essential service.
“This covers garbage disposal, garbage separation, transportation and storage. Any person contravening the order and disturb any of the above activities will be liable for arrest, prosecution and punishable under the law,” a statement said.
Earlier today, the President told media heads that the garbage dump in Meethotamulla will be gradually removed from the area by utilizing garbage for power generation, production of organic fertilizer or for land fill, without affecting the environment or the residents in any place.
The Army and the Engineering Unit of the Urban Development Authority (UDA) will take steps to move the Meetotamulla garbage dump systematically within nine months, he said.