Sri Lanka to convert garbage dumps into urban parksStaff Writer | December 26, 2017
Sri Lanka will convert two large garbage dumps in capital Colombo into urban parks next year as part of a city beautification program, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka said.
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Ranawaka said that all steps would also be taken to ensure that no harm is caused to the environment when constructing the Aruwakkaluwa sanitary landfill.
With no proper garbage disposal in place, garbage from the capital was dumped at the Meethotamulla Garbage mountain for years with some environmentalists claiming that nearly 800 tons of solid waste was added daily.
The mountain, however, caught fire in April and collapsed, burying over 100 homes and killing over 20 people. ■