WPC reeking of Rs. 16.4 m worth air fresheners

Air freshener machines have been installed in the newly opened Western Provincial Council building at a cost of Rs. 16,362,500 to provide a pleasing odour inside the building, said Western Provincial Council UPFA member Salochana Gamage.

He said another Rs. 2,625,000 had to be spent at a time to refill the air fresheners in the 15 storey building.

He was addressing a meeting of the Western Provincial Council held yesterday.

Gamage said an air freshener had been installed in each room in the building while two or three air fresheners had been installed in wider areas such as the council chamber. He said altogether, 875 air fresheners had been installed, each costing Rs. 18,700.

These machines had to be refilled once in three weeks. Each refiling costs Rs. 875 and the refilling sum amounted to Rs. 2,625,000 at a time, Gamage said.

He said this was a wastage of taxpayers money. Gamage, who added that the previous council building or ministry offices never had this facility, requested the council to put this money into some other useful service such as the welfare of disabled children in the province.

Yesterday’s meeting was held at the council’s old chamber in Battaramulla. Chairman Sunil Wijeratne presided.

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