ceylontoday.lk – Channa Addarage – Hatton
Pilgrims have dumped nearly eight tonnes of non-biodegradable solid waste on the Nallathanniya Sri Pada road, into the Sri Pada Reserve, and into the environment since the start of the Sri pada pilgrimage season in 2023, according to Acting Secretary of Maskeliya Pradeshiya Sabha Sivaram Rajaweeran.
Tonnes of non-biodegradable solid waste have been dumped into the Sri Pada Reserve and the environment on both sides of the Nallathanniya town and the Nallathanniya-Sripada road in recent weeks, with nearly 500 000 pilgrims arriving via the Nallathanniya-Sripada road.
The Maskeliya Pradeshiya Sabha is in charge of cleaning up non-biodegradable solid waste and garbage along the Nallathanniya-Sri Pada road.
“During the pilgrimage season, the Maskeliya Pradeshiya Sabha spends millions of rupees to remove garbage and non-biodegradable solid waste from the Sri Pada shrine. It is not financially feasible for Maskeliya Pradeshiya Sabha,” he said.