Provision of houses to those who lost them in the garbage collapse...

Provision of houses to those who lost them in the garbage collapse has begun

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The provision of houses to families that lost their abodes as a reslt of the collapse of the Methotamulla garbage mount is now operative. This has been mentioned by Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa. The Army said that operations in search of the missing are still continuing. Army Military Spokesman Brig. Roshan Seneviratne said that operations to bring normality to the area are continuously in place.
The President and the Prime Minister have issued instruction for the immediate provision of houses to those who lost them due to the Meethotamulla disaster. Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said that accordingly the programme is now operative.
The Minister said experts have said that the Meethotamulla garbage dump may further collapse if rain was experienced. As such families living in the environs should be evacuated. Two main warehouses are being renovated so that these families could live there. All those who lost their houses will be provided abodes and there are 98 such families. These are flats and electricity connections are now being provided. 250,000 rupees would be given to them to purchase their furniture and other requirements. Assessments of others commenced yesterday. After the finalization of the assessment the President, the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister would together decide on the package that should be offered to them.
The Minister pointed out that everyone should join hands to find a permanent solution to the garbage issue.
The Minister called on everyone to join hands in finding a permanent solution to this issue. He said that some politicians are being involved in this matter. They too had ruled the country and there is a responsibility vested with them in finding solutions to this problem.
Further operations are in place in search of persons missing following the collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage mount. Army Media Spokesman Brig. Roshan Seneviratne said that the Armed Force are engaged in operations until normality returns to the area.
The Army Media Spokesman said that 1100 members of the Armed Forces are involved in the operations since the tragedy occurred. By the afternoon on Tuesday, bodies of 32 persons were found. But still he said that they are engaged in these operations.
Minister Patalie Champika Ranawaka mentioned that the garbage of the Colombo area will not be entrusted to any Pradeshiya Sabha or Urban Council. He said that a special programme is in place under the Central Environment Authority to recycle the garbage.
The Minister said that in future garbage of the Port City, the Technological City and the Service City which are coming under the Megapolis programme will not be handed over to the Local bodies. He said that these will be recycled at a special Centre that is to come up at Muthurajawela.