Posted on 04.18.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
The Colombo Municipal Commissioner has written to Azad Salley, Governor of Western Province, to initiate a preliminary inquiry regarding the facts contained in the special audit report on solid waste management in the Colombo Municipal Council.
If there has been any technical issues causing the garbage landslide at Meethotamulla, or If irregularities has taken place in obtaining a rented vehicle, it’s responsibility should have been taken by the engineers of the solid waste management unit, the municipal commissioner in Colombo AKV Anura has written to the Governor of the Western Province.
The Auditor General has released an investigation report on the dumping of garbage at the Meethotamulla garbage disposal site and the disposal of solid waste in the Colombo Municipal Council.
According to the inspection report, provisions have been made for the purchase of vehicles from the year 2010 to 2016 to facilitate the garbage collection and operations of the Meethotolugama Basin. However, vehicle rentals have been obtained from a private company without purchasing any vehicle, the report says.
It is believed that the said company is not registered with the Department of Registrar of Companies nor is licensed through the Central Environmental Authority for transporting garbage.
In addition, the CMC has signed contracts with two private companies for the disposal of garbage since the year 2015, and the amount paid for the services are much higher in comparison to the municipal council’s prices. Also, a bidding committee has not been appointed as per the standard tender procedure and bids have not been opened in front of the bidders, the report said.
According to the audit report, the terms of the contract agreement has also been deliberately changed to remove the condition saying the contracted vehicles should be displayed in the Town Hall 30 days before.