By Nirmala Kannangara
The government’s decision to temporarily suspend the functions of Golden Sun Rise Company – the solid waste disposer in Dehiwela-Mt. Lavinia municipality area is to be challenged in the Supreme Court this week, Director Golden Sun Rise Company, Mahendra Karunadara told The Sunday Leader.
According to Karunadara, neither the government nor the Dehiwela-Mt. Lavinia Municipal Council could suspend their service, since they have signed an agreement for the solid waste disposal in Dehiwela-Mt. Lavinia, Moratuwa, Boralesgamuwa and Kesbewa local government areas.
“How could they suspend our service when we have done a good job over the years? Since we could not remove the solid waste for three weeks they cannot say our service is poor, but it was due to the flooding in the garbage dump. The roads were impassable and in that back drop how can the Lorries that carry garbage reach the dump site? We are ready to challenge this decision this week,” Karunadara said.
Meanwhile Dehiwela-Mt. Lavinia Mayor Sunethra Ranasinghe told The Sunday Leader that the government on Friday had decided to hand over the solid waste disposal to Solid Waste Management Authority of the Western Provincial Council with immediate effect, due to the negligence of Golden Sun Rise Company in removing the garbage and added that they have also failed to start the garbage recycling project that was promised when awarding the contract.
“In addition to their failure to remove the garbage over the past three years, they failed to start the recycling project which they promised to initiate three years ago. It was the Ministry of Plan Implementation in October 2007 that offered this company the solid waste disposal contract but when they failed to abide by the contract we had to bring this to the Governor’s notice. As a result the Environmental Minister and his officials on Friday temporarily suspended the Golden Sun Rise Company from solid waste disposal and handed over to the Solid Waste Management Authority of the Western Provincial Council with immediate effect and we hope to remove the entire solid waste backlog in the area by tomorrow (7),” the Mayor added.