Three Ministries directed to stop pollution of Kelani River
By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake
The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) on 26 November, directed three Ministries to work together and set up a mechanism to prevent water pollution in the Kelani River.
The Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Water Supply and the Ministry of Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government were ordered to set up a collaborative mechanism.
During the sitting, the COPE stated, the Kelani River, a major River in the country and one which supplies water to Colombo, has been severely polluted due to unauthorised constructions and unlicensed factories, restaurants and hotels.
The Committee stressed on the need to prevent pollution of the Kelani River as it is directly linked to a number of issues affecting the country, especially the supply of drinking water, tourism and urban development.
The COPE met on 26 November to discuss the Environmental Audit Report on the Kelani River water pollution issue.
Chairman Dr. Charitha Herath and Members, State Ministers Susil Premajayantha and Ajith Nivard Cabraal, and Parliamentarians Eran Wickramaratne, Jagath Pushpakumara, Premnath C. Dolawatta and S.M. Marikkar were present.