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Sri Lanka environmental issues and remedies

Sri Lanka environmental issues and remedies

The improper waste management has been under discussion as one of the environmental issues in Sri Lanka for several decades. Even though the garbage management has been improved to a satisfactory level in some parts of the island such as Colombo, Gampaha, there some areas still not improved to a satisfactory level. Improper waste management has caused hygienic issues in some areas. Increasing number of Dengue patient is reported in populated areas and improper waste management has been identified as a reason for the increasing number of mosquito breeding spots. Garbage has caused flooding in major cities such as Colombo due to blockage of velvets and canals.

In order to minimize the environmental issues due to garbage, the government of Sri Lanka and the Provincial Council Ministry has taken many steps to streamline the garbage management. Recently the provincial councils have received garbage management equipment and vehicles from the government to minimize the garbage problem in the areas under their management.

The provincial councils will be provided with the technical and other know how to make proper garbage disposal and collection, managing garbage properly, land preparation for garbage disposal, making organic fertilizer using garbage, and recycling garbage.

Vehicles and garbage management equipment with a value of Rs 19 million were distributed among the provincial councils including Urban Council in Jaffna and Eravur and Provincial Councils being Bulathsinhala, Thamankaduwa, Central Nuwaragam Palath, Kobeigane, Udunuwara and Thawalama. The distribution of items was patronized by the Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister A L M Athaulla.

Pura Neguma, a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) inaugurated by the ministry to improve the infrastructure facilities among the low-income provincial councils. A sum of Rs 7,000 million is allocated for the project.

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