Gampaha Additional Magistrate Heshantha de Mel yesterday ordered the police to obtain urgent separate test reports from the Government Analyst, the Central Environmental Authority, Gampaha Medical Officer of Health, and Water Resources Board to ascertain the reason for the pollution of ground water in the Rathupaswela area of Weliveriya.
The Additional Magistrate made the order when he took up a case filed by the police against Venigros Ltd., there on the basis of the people of the area complaining that it was polluting their well water.
Attorney at law Jeewantha Gunatillake appearing for the company concerned said that there were 14 other factories in the surrounding. It had not been established from where the pollutants were coming. It was known that the PH level of the ground water in the area had fallen and they had no objection to any investigations in that regard.
The Hayleys controlled company earns revenue of Rs 3.5 billion per year giving direct employment to 850 employees and indirect employment to 600.