Three ministries directed to devise mechanism to prevent Kelani River pollution

Three ministries directed to devise mechanism to prevent Kelani River pollution

November 27, 2020   12:30 pm

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The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has directed three ministries to devise a mechanism to prevent the pollution of Kelani River.

Accordingly, Environment Ministry, Water Supply Ministry and Public Services, Provincial Council & Local Government Ministry have been assigned to devise the relevant mechanism.

The COPE disclosed that the Kelani River, a major river that supplies water to Colombo and is a major river in the country, has been severely polluted due to unauthorized constructions, unlicensed factories, restaurants and hotels.

The directives came as several pressing matters in the country including the drinking water issue, tourism and urban development directly concern the Kelani River.

Environmental Audit Report on water pollution of the Kelani River was brought before the recent COPE meeting chaired by Prof. Charitha Herath yesterday (26).

State Ministers Susil Premajayantha,Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Members of Parliament  Eran Wickramaratne, Jagath Pushpakumara, Premnath. C. Dolawatta, S.M  Marikkar and Secretary to the Ministry of Environment Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage Dr. Priyat Bandu Wickrama, have attended the meeting.

In addition, Secretary to the Ministry of Health Dr H.S. Munasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Industries W.A. Chulananda Perera and Secretary to the Ministry of Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government J.J. Ratnasiri had joined the meeting via Zoom technology.

During the meeting, it was revealed that 41 out of 2,946 factories located along the banks of Kelani river are unauthorized establishments and the environmental protection licences of 205 factories are suspended.

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