Singaporean firm Groepo Pte.Ltd and Groepo Lanka Bioscience (Pvt) Ltd which have been selected to clean the Beira Lake in Colombo have not received approval from environmental agencies including the Central Environment Authority (CEA), environmentalists said.
The project which will be implemented under foreign aid was scheduled to commence today (07).
The environmentalists pointed out that this company is expected to use microbial species to clean Beira Lake, and for that, the permission and supervision of the CEA is required.
The company is also expected to use high-tech equipment and scientific methods to clean the lake.
The proposal has been approved by the Cabinet.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet has informed the government agencies to identify the locations of disposing sewage water and waste to the Beira Lake and introduce alternative methods instead.
A steering committee to monitor the project has been named comprising members from the Sri Lanka Land Development Corporation, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Urban Development Authority, Central Environment Authority, Sri Lanka Climate Fund (Private) Company and the Colombo Municipal Council.