The Ministry of Environment says the government is ready to spend billions of rupees to clean the Kelani River under the ‘Surakimu Ganga’ programme.
Speaking during a discussion with District Secretaries, Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera said the Kelani River has been identified as the most polluted of the 103 rivers in the island.
The Environment Ministry said cleaning the Kelani River is a priority of the government as a majority of residents in the Colombo and Gampaha districts use the river for drinking water and other needs.
According to a statement issued by the Environment Ministry, billions of rupees is expected to be spent on the conservation of the Kelani River in the next few years.
In addition, the Ministry of Environment plans to monthly inspect 40 locations where the Kelani River is polluted and take legal action.