Jul 24, 2019

Owner of company that imported waste to SL revealed Featured

The real owner of Ceylon Metal Processing Corporation (Pvt) Ltd, the company that imported the 130 containers of garbage to Sri Lanka, which is currently lying at the Hayleys Free Zone, has been identified as Sasikumaran Muthuramar.

He is a Director of Ceylon Metal Processing Corporation and is also a Director of the UK Company which had sent the container loads of used mattresses Vengaads Ltd.

Vengaads had been established two years ago on May 19, 2017.

The Telegraph had reported that the containers of waste materials including what looks like human parts which had been sent to Sri Lanka as recyclable metal, and the Sri Lankan authorities had notified the British Government
that measures are being taken to send them back to the UK. Accordingly, an investigation has been launched.

However, the UK has stated that so far they had not received a request from the Sri Lankan government to conduct a comprehensive investigation.

Mangala orders a Customs report 

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera had yesterday (23) ordered the Customs Director General to immediately initiate an investigation and prepare a report regarding the issue pertaining to the hazardous waste
containers imported from the UK.

Mangala Samaraweera had returned to the island yesterday after a foreign tour and had sent the letter to the Customs Director General.

When importing urban waste, the approval of the Environmental Authority is vital.

The Minister noted that if this waste had been imported without following the regulations, action should definitely be initiated against such persons.

Customs helpless

Meanwhile, the Hayleys Free Zone General Manager Ruwan Waidyaratne claims that his company had been set up for the purpose of storage of containers for re-export undet the 2013 No 1 Act and that his company is a legitimate
establishment.

However, the Customs does not have the authority to examine the containers stored at the Hayleys Free Zone and only the BOI officers have the authority to inspect these containers, which has further compounded the
problem.

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