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Garbage problem yet unresolved

The garbage disposal problem of the Colombo metropolitan area remained unresolved for over last two weeks though there was a reduction in dumping garbage in busy places like Bodhiraja Mawatha, Pettah, due to the long holidays on account of the Sinhala and Hindu New year. As most of the shops, eating houses and workplaces remained closed less garbage was dumped. But in some places the stench was unbearable to those who returned to work after holidays.

The efforts made by the Municipal authorities to dispose city garbage at two different sites, one at Peliyagoda and the other at Mahara also ended in failure as objections were raised by the residents. Though the Supreme Court had given a directive to the authorities to dump the city garbage outside the city and the Minister of Urban Development Dinesh Gunawardena had directed the UDA and other officials to dump the garbage at the above two sites the problem was not settled up to yesterday.

The Colombo Municipal Council was using the Madampitiya site to dump the city's garbage using bulldozers, but technical faults of garbage moving vehicles had halted the quick disposal. Most of the workers had also taken long holidays for the New Year.

However the garbage collecting process will be started from today and the machine operators would start their work immediately, a senior official of the CMC said.

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