Colombo, April 24 (NIA) – The Japanese Experts’ Team who is presently in Sri Lanka to inspect a 300 foot garbage dump in Meetotamulla which collapsed recently killing 32 people, has urged Sri Lankans to remove the dump by recycling, re-using and reducing.
The team presented their report to President Maithripala Sirisena explaining the recommendations of the Team.
The Japanese recommended that as a short term measure, the garbage dump should be stabilized to ensure there would not be further collapses.
Before the onset of the monsoon the shape of the dump should be streamlined and the base should be covered with polythene. As a secondary measure, the shape of the dump should be made symmetrical with a broad base to ensure proper distribution of the gravity.
The team also proposed long term measures to remove the dump by adopting 3-R system of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
President Sirisena thanked the Japanese Experts Group for undertaking a comprehensive study within days of the disaster and said that the Japanese expertise would be useful to solve the major issue of garbage in Sri Lanka.
He pointed out that although the Meetotamulla disaster began as a human tragedy, now the garbage has become a political issue. He said the need for a lasting solution to the issue and sought continued support from Japan for this endeavor.