Meethotamulla garbage dump: tense situation in Kolonnawa
May 24, 2015 03:44 pm
The police on Sunday (24) used water cannons to disperse a group of protesters near Meethotamulla area in Kolonnawa.
The protesters demanded the authorities should give them with a written assurance that disposal of waste at Meethotamulla will be halted. Residents in the area held the demonstration in front of the land used for the dumping of waste collected from the city of Colombo.
Around 700 metric tons of waste is disposed daily at the 16-acre garbage dump site in Meethotamulla threatening the homes and lives of the people living in the area.
The mountainous garbage dumps have slipped causing damages to a large number of houses while villagers also complain of health risks.
Villagers have continuously protested calling for the removal of the site, however, claim their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.