Colombo, June 19 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has warned the Chief Minister of the Western Province, Isura Dewapriya, he would be sacked if efforts were not made to clean up Colombo city within 3 days.
Sirisena said he had received complaints of garbage being piled up in several areas in Colombo and the suburbs which had posed a great threat to the already looming dengue crisis.
Sirisena has warned Dewapriya to dispose the garbage within 3 days or risk losing his post.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who also went on a tour of Colombo city on Sunday said he had instructed the Colombo Municipal Council to remove all the garbage from the city and the suburbs as soon as possible following a rise in complaints by residents.
“I have intervened to help residents by yesterday instructing the Colombo Municipal Council to remove all garbage as soon as possible,” Wickremesinghe said.
Many disgruntled residents from all over Colombo have taken to social media in recent weeks complaining of the rising garbage piles left untouched all over the city causing a bad stench and posing as a health hazard.
Residents have complained that garbage trucks who make daily rounds in the city have ignored the piles despite pleas by residents.
Many residents continue to dump their piles of garbage on the road, due to the lack of a proper garbage disposal in place.
Earlier, garbage collected from Colombo and the suburbs was being disposed at the Meetotamulla Garbage dump which collapsed recently killing at least 32 people and burying over 145 houses.