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Local tiles to replace asbestos at schools

Cabinet approval has been granted to use local tiles and other eco-friendly substitutes instead of asbestos for new school and preschool roofs, Co-cabinet Spokesman Mass Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.

The Minister was speaking at the weekly Cabinet media briefing held online yesterday.

“The decision has been reached after considering the fact highlighted by health authorities from time to time claiming that the long time exposure of nearly 25 years to asbestos increases the risk of developing cancers,” the Minister said.

Asbestos at schools and pre-schools are expected to be replaced with eco-friendly materials in two years, he said.