Garbage not collected, stench
by Nihal Chandrakumara
For three consecutive days garbage disposal in
the Colombo City had come to a standstill as a result of heaps
of garbage being left unattended in many places. In some places
there were carts full of garbage and close to municipal depots
lorry loads of garbage were just left.
When questioned conservancy labourers said that
a private firm has undertaken to clear the garbage down
Bloemendhal Road. The garbage had got stuck in a drain and got
mixed up with rain water. This has started seeping in to houses
through gutters giving an obnoxious stench and the irate
householders now did not allow the lorries to clear the garbage,
and the residents are waiting to assault these people.
The Municipal authorities nor the private
company who had undertaken to clear the garbage have not taken
any positive steps to solve the problem as there is a tug of war
between them . The Municipality is silent about it . There is an
unbearable stench in the area they said.
Visiting the municipal depot in Borella we found
a number of lorries full of garbage just lying idle by the side
of the road and when we spoke to a lady engineer she told us to
speak to the authorities at the head office of the Colombo
Municipality. When we posed the question to the Municipal
Commissioner he said " We will soon solve the problem after
discussions with the contracted company and gave a firm
assurance that the matter will be solved today.