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“ Will start works of Karadiyana waste to energy project which has come to a stand-still..”

Minister Dullas said.

Hon. Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister of Power emphasized that the constructions of Karadiyana Waste to Energy power plant which has come to a stand-still has to be restarted.

The Minister expressed these ideas at a meeting on the measures to be taken to solve the crisis of waste through the method of waste-to-energy held today (19th) at the auditorium of the Ministry of Power under his patronage with the participation of Hon. Duminda Dissanayake – State Minister of Solar Power, Wind and Hydro Power Generation Projects Development , Hon. Nalaka Godahewa – State Minister of Urban Development, Waste Disposal and Community Cleanliness, Mr. Roshan Gunathilaka- Governor of Western Province and the officers of the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government, Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Power.

Power generation of the first waste- to –energy power plant established in Kerawalapitiya was started recently and it has the capacity to add 10 MW of electricity daily to the national grid using 700 tonnes of waste. This solves the environmental issue of waste and it contributes the national grid in a great deal.

Hence, The Minister Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister of Power stated that it is appropriate to establish this kind of power plant and said that steps should be taken to establish two more this kind of waste-to-energy power plants. Accordingly, the Minister further said that it is appropriate to restart e the works of the proposed waste to energy power plant in Karadiyana which has come to a stand-still.

Thus, Hon. Minister Dullas Alahapperuma advised to commence the construction works of the relevant power plant expeditiously having encouraged the investors.  Further, the Minister stated that the issue of waste and remedies for that to be discussed together with HE the President and all the other parties concerned and a final decision on generating power out of waste has to be made.

It was commented that finding solutions individually for this national level issue may aggravate this situation and a sustainable solution should be reached having  discussed together with all the institutions concerned.