Rathupaswela pollution case withdrawn

By Chitra Weerarathne

The pensioner, ‘the Siyane Korale Jala Surakeeme Sangamaya’, yesterday withdrew the petition, they had filed in the Court of Appeal earlier, complaining of pollution of the water in Rathupaswela, due to untreated chemical emission to the soil. The petitioner told the court that the suspect chemical factory had removed from the area and there was no need to proceed with the case. Hence, the proceedings were terminated.

A BOI company had allegedly discharged untreated effluent to the soil contaminating ground water in the area.

A writ application was filed by a group of public interest litigants, seeking a mandatory order from the court, to effect the removal of the factory from Rathupaswela.

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