SC FR 152/2017 Garbage Case

Centre for Environmental Justice Vs Central Environmental Authority & 03 others.

This case was filed on 31st of May 2017 in the Supreme Court against violation of fundamental rights by the unnecessary garbage dumping management of the government of Sri Lanka. Petitioners have complained to the court about dumping of garbage all over the country and called for the formulation of a national policy on garbage dumping. Specially, in this case Meethotamulla incident is cited as adverse impact of unnecessary garbage plan. Petitioners further states to the court that unnecessary garbage dumping influences right to life , right to healthy environment and Future generation’s rights of the country.

The petitioner cited respondents as the President Maithreepala Sirisena (Minister of Environment & Mahaweli) and Minister of disaster management, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa. Central Environment Authority, Petitioner pray that make order that the purported Gazette notification dated 20th April 2017 bearing No 2015/53 is null and void and of no force of avail in law. As well as petitioner pray this case that make order directing the respondents to take immediate measures not to disturb the livelihood of the communities by allowing the local authorities to dump garbage at unauthorized places where there are no permits issued by CEA and formulate proper procedure of management of waste and to formulate a national policy regulation and mechanism. The Attorney General Department was taken further time to obtain instructing from the Respondents. This Matter has been fixed for support on 16th of November  2017.

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