GSMB, NWSDB not consulted over Iranathivu burial site
By Thameenah Razeek
Despite the Government selecting an area on the Iranathivu Island as a COVID-19 burial ground, it was revealed that no formal request has been made from the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) or the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) to conduct a survey on the ground water levels in the area.
GSMB Chairman Anura Walpola and Assistant General Manager of the Ground Water Section at NWSDB, Mahinda Premaratne said they were yet to do a study on the ground water level on the island.
However, both institutions are of the view the Government should do a study before initiating any burial procedure in the place.
Walpola claimed, as a State body that assesses the geological conditions in the country, the Government should take into consideration their recommendation when selecting a suitable location.
“We have enough human resources to conduct a study on the geological state and the water level in the selected area.
We also believe there should be an involvement of the GSMB representative to make the decision a success,” he said.
Meanwhile, Premaratne noted no request or any study was conducted in this regard and they hope the Government will seek their recommendation prior to initiating the burial procedure.
The Government recently announced they had selected Iranathivu Island to bury COVID-19 infected bodies according to suggestions made by the Technical Committee appointed to look into the possibility of burials.