Aruwakkalu waste management project to continue despite concerns

The Aruwakkalu Waste Management Project is to continue despite some environmental concerns raised in the past.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had briefed the cabinet on the need to go ahead with the project while addressing any concerns.

Cabinet co-spokesman Ramesh Pathirana said that as per the agreement reached on the project, if the project is suspended the Government could face legal action.

As a result cabinet had approved a proposal to move ahead with the project.

The Aruwakkalu Waste Management Project was launched following the Meethotamulla garbage dump tragedy in 2017 as a sustainable and scientific solution to the solid waste disposal problem.

A Chinese consortium had been awarded the contract for the design, supply and installation/construction of the Municipal Solid Waste Sanitary Landfill Disposal Facility at Aruwakkalu.

The contract had been awarded to a consortium between China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC) and the Southwest Municipal Engineering and Research Institute of China (SEMEDRIC). (Colombo Gazette)


  1. This waste management project will be an environmental disaster in the future as the area selected is a abandoned Miocene Limestone Quarry where the bed rock is permeable and effluents will drain into the Dutch Bay which is one of the best prawn fishing areas in Sri Lanka.About 30 years back when I was a senior geologist (Deputy Director of the Geological Survey Department- Present GSMB) an underwater drilling programme covering the Dutch Bay was undertaken at the request of the Late Mr A.N. S. Kulasinghe who was a consultant to the Cement Corporation at that time to find out reserves of Miocene Limestone for the Cement Factory on the bed of the Dutch Bay .A reserve of 30 million tonnes was proved. An underwater trial blast was carried out which resulted in the fishermen of Kalpitiya staging amass protest.
    I would warn the Government that if this waste management project is continued there will be severe pollution of dangerous effluents seeping into the Dutch Bay and destroying the entire prawn fishing area as well as the hotels along the Kalpitiya Peninsular.The initial mistake made by the Chinese company was not to seek advise from the GSMB and carry out feasibility studies on the competence of the subsurface rock to prevent seepage of waste matter from this site to the Dutch Bay as well as the surrounding areas on land. I hope H.E. the President will take not of this situation as he was involved in giving the approval for this project when he was in charge of Town and Country Planning Department in the 1990’s


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