Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said a Cabinet plan to import environmentally friendly electric and solar-powered vehicles is in the works.
According to him, the Cabinet paper proposes tax breaks for importing certain cars.
He pointed out that air pollution caused by vehicles on roads is very high in Sri Lanka. “We have paid attention in this regard as it has become a serious problem. The proposal to import electric vehicles and solar powered vehicles is to protect the environment,” he noted.
The Minister added that proposals to minimize traffic congestion have been proposed in the same Cabinet Paper.
Minister Amaraweera was participating at an event in Lake House yesterday to distribute 1,000 saplings among its staff members to plant them at the auspicious time of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. This event was organised parallel to the “Husma Dena Thuru” (Trees Giving Life) National Programme of the Environment Ministry. The auspicious time for planting a tree is at 6.40 a.m. on April 16.
The Minister commended Lake House for performing its media duties with responsibility, adding that it has come a long way since its inception despite temporary setbacks from time to time.
“It is true that the felling of trees damages the environment, but it is wrong to interpret that protecting trees alone would be sufficient to protect the environment. Planting trees is not the only thing that we can do to protect the environment. Environment pollution from plastic and polythene is gradually increasing in the country, but public attention to this matter is not enough. We have introduced steps to control this problem and those will be strictly implemented in the days to come,” he said.
Lake House Chairman W. Dayaratne, PC thanked the Minister for providing saplings to the Lake House staff members under the “Husma Dena Thuru” programme. “Under this programme 107,000 plants have been planted so far and it is a commendable service for the future,” he said.
Lake House Editorial Director Dharma Sri Kariyawasam also addressed the gathering. The Director Board members, editors and managers participated.