Aruwakkalu garbage train ready by March end

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

The special railway carriages to transport the Colombo’s huge garbage load from the Kelaniya transmission station to the Aruwakkalu waste processing facility in Puttalam will be ready by the end of March next year, Megapolis and Western Development Ministry Secretary Nihal Rupasinghe told news media yesterday.

Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry, the Secretary said that transporting garbage collected by the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) to the Aruwakkalu Sanitary Landfill Site by road was a temporary measure to avoid a crisis situation.

He said the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) would be waived of the ‘tipping fee’ for disposing waste at Aruwakkalu site until March next year considering the high transport cost the CMC has to be bear to carry garbage to Puttalam by road. A ‘Tipping Fee’ is a fee paid by anyone who disposes of waste in a landfill. Usually, this fee is based on the weight of the waste per ton.

This serves in helping with the maintenance and other operating costs of a landfill.The Secretary said the Cabinet had appointed a Committee headed by him to decide on a suitable amount of a tipping fee and it would be imposed after March.The committee also comprises of the Puttalam District Secretary, a Treasury official and a CMC representative.“We have met seven times now. But coming up with an engineering estimate for the purpose is difficult as some of the equipment is being used for the first time in the country. We can get a rough idea following trial runs in the coming weeks.