Waste projects back on track

By Sarah Hannan

With the Aruwakkalu constructions being expedited, the rest of the projects under the purview of the Western Province Waste Management Authority are also being expedited. The main projects located in Karadiyana, Kerawalapitiya, and Muthurajawela, had not made much progress in generating the much talked-about energy contribution towards the national grid.

The Sunday Morning contacted WPWMA Director Nalin Mannaperuma to inquire about the present status of these three crucial projects.

“All these projects are established with a public-private partnership (PPP) and had several documentation issues that needed to be completed. For instance, with Karadiyana, we faced the issue where it reached capacity and the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) had issued a court order preventing open dumping.”

“Meanwhile, there were issues with getting approvals for the waste-to-energy projects on the private partner’s part and there were delays which had caused the private entity to lose their investor’s interests.”

Mannapperuma said the WPWMA is now closely working with them to expedite matters, so that the garbage processing operations could commence hopefully by October.

On Saturday (19), State Minister of Urban Development, Coast Conservation, Waste Disposal, and Public Sanitation Dr. Nalaka Godahewa visited the Karadiyana site with ministry and WPWMA officials.