The Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) says a sum of Rs 903,857,293 would be needed to clear the beaches which had become polluted due to the X-Press Pearl vessel disaster.
According to MEPA officials, they have estimated that it will take a few more years to precisely tabulate the damage caused to the country’s ocean and the beaches after the ship caught fire and sank in Sri Lankan waters. MEPA sources said the plastic and chemical content released via the sunken ship had polluted the country’s beaches and they underlined its clearing process will take several years to complete.
Meanwhile, Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Prasanna Ranatunga instructed MEPA officials to formulate new laws if the present regulations are insufficient when dealing with maritime ship disasters of this scale.
By Anurada Herath