Coastal clean-up operations carried out expeditiously- Ministry | Daily News

Coastal clean-up operations carried out expeditiously- Ministry

584 tons of plastic to be removed from Uswetakeiyawa to Sarakkukanda coast:
Personnel from the Western Command of the Sri Lanka Navy seen clearing the coast from Uswetakeiyawa to Sarakkukanda.
Personnel from the Western Command of the Sri Lanka Navy seen clearing the coast from Uswetakeiyawa to Sarakkukanda.

The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing states that the cleaning work of the beach which was polluted due to the accident of the X-Press Pearl is being carried out expeditiously on the instructions of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister of Urban Development and Housing.

The Marine Environment Protection Authority, the Coast Conservation Department, the Sri Lanka Navy and the Sri Lanka Air Force are carrying out beach cleaning activities.

The clearing of the 09 km long coastline from Uswetakeiyawa to Pamunugama Sarakkukanda Kapumgoda is being carried out by the Western Command of the Sri Lanka Navy.

Sirinimal Perera, Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing Dr. Turnie Pradeep Kumara, Director General, Marine Environment Protection Authority Dr. M. M.S.B. Yalegama, Coast Conservation and Coastal Resource Management Department.

These activities are carried out under the supervision of Mr. Yalegama.

The beach was also inspected by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa recently.

The Navy commenced coastal clearing operations in the area on May 26 and 584 tons of plastic materials were removed from the containers of the Express Pearl yesterday (June 2).

Steps have now been taken to secure these small plastic ball-like materials used to make plastics and polythene in bags and store them in containers in a safe place.

About 470 Navy personnel are engaged in clearing this part of the coast daily from 7.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Kelani Commander EMA on the instructions of Mr. Bandara, Lieutenant A.W.W.M.I, under the supervision of Mr. Wijekoon, the Western Command of the Sri Lanka Navy is clearing the coast from Uswetakeiyawa to Sarakkukanda.

Navy personnel are clearing the coast and about 15 officers have been deployed to monitor the situation.

In addition, a team of Navy Lifeguards is deployed in the area as they carry out sea and beach clean-up operations from the tidal flats.

The Maritime Environmental Protection Authority and the Coast Conservation Department have also assisted in the clean-up.

The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing says that the beach is being cleaned and further cleaning work is being carried out with the removal of the material from the areas where large amounts of plastic had accumulated.