Meethotamulla landfill to become an urban park

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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa advised to convert the Meethotamulla landfill area into an urban park.

According to an investigation conducted by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) on the advice of the Minister of Urban Development and Housing Mahinda Rajapaksa, it was revealed that although the previous government allocated Rs. 430 million for the urban park project , no adjustment has taken place. The Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, Sirinimal Perera, has been instructed to expedite the process of converting the Meethotamulla landfill into a facility for the city of Kolonnawa at no cost to the government. Garbage will not be dumped on this site and it is planned to use the site for the benefit of the town of Kolonnawa.

In 2015, a plan was put forward by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, then Secretary of the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development to remove the Meethotamulla landfill, but the last government failed to implement the plan and the landfill fell through. collapsed in 2017.

When the previous government started this development project, the Meethotamulla landfill area covered an area of ​​14 acres and had become unstable up to a height of 50 meters.

The UDA investigation also revealed that when the landfill collapsed in 2017, the then government had not even started a program to stabilize the landfill as planned.

Currently, the height of the landfill has been reduced to eight meters. The Meethotamulla landfill, which covers an area of ​​14 acres, has been restricted to 12 acres.

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