PM assures speedy action, President assures houses

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today promise to clear Meethotamulla as soon as possible, the Press Trust of India reported.

Wickremesinghe, who cut short his state visit to Vietnam and returned last night, visited the site today and promised a house to each of the affected families in the disaster.

He promised to remove the Meethotamulla garbage dump as soon as possible.

Meanwhile President Maithripala Sirisena gave instructions to expedite the resettlement process for the people who were affected in Meethotamulla.

Accordingly, a programme for providing houses for the displaced persons will be implemented from tomorrow (April 20). Initially, houses will be given to 98 families, the President’s office said.

President Sirisena also instructed officials to strengthen the process of providing infrastructure facilities to the affected people while giving priority to evacuate people who are in the danger zone around the Meethotamulla disaster area.

The President further instructed officials to clear the Meethotamulla garbage dump in the next few months under the supervision of the Sri Lanka Army and to ban illegal settlements. (Colombo Gazette)