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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Stinky garbage story in Sri Lanka’s metropolitan cities.

[b]Stinky garbage story in Sri Lanka’s metropolitan cities.[/b]

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting for Asian Tribune

[b]Colombo, 23 December, ([/b] As yucky, smelly, gooey, worm prone garbage heaps in all sizes began sprouting up in Colombo and its suburbs, helpless and desperate local authorities are turning towards President Mahinda Rajapakse and the Central Government for help.

Court cases, contract violations, public outcry are some of the reasons why we have had the liberty of witnessing Sri Lanka's latest attraction 'the garbage crisis', which apart from the mountains of dirt, includes blocked drains, plenty of flies and other vermin, overflowing sewers and the smells are so horrendous that people have to cover their noses and mouths when walking in close proximity to these dumping grounds.

When the Colombo Municipal Council entered into a 25 year contract with a local environmental service company, Burns Environmental Services Limited, little did they know that four years down the line, the city would face an acute garbage crisis all because of a family dispute within this company. Burns was started by two brothers, Ravi and Lal Wijeratne.

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