SAD STATE OF A POP­U­LAR TOURIST AREA

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - METRO - BY H.M. DHARMAPALA AND KUSAL CHAMATH

The pro­tec­tive fence at the en­trance to the fly­over bridge had bro­ken down due to ac­ci­dents, cre­at­ing fur­ther dan­ger

A tr­ishaw driver Sa­man Wi­je­sekara (40) said the ill planned devel­op­ment project had left the town in a di­lap­i­dated con­di­tion

Res­i­dents of the area and tens of thou­sands of peo­ple from out­sta­tions ex­pressed con­cern about the sad state of the De­hi­wala town. they said De­hi­wala town could be the most squalid town in the Colombo dis­trict due to ill-planned build­ings and in­com­plete devel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties. Galle road from the De­hi­wala Fly­over Bridge in ei­ther di­rec­tion has been in a di­lap­i­dated con­di­tion at sev­eral lo­ca­tions with bro­ken down sewage gul­lies and storm wa­ter drains. they pointed out that the pro­tec­tive fence at the en­trance to the fly­over bridge had bro­ken down due to ac­ci­dents, cre­at­ing fur­ther dan­ger. Drivers said they were not able to dis­tin­guish be­tween the ground lane and the fly­over lane at night and that it re­sulted in sev­eral se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents.

Buses from dis­tant areas are halted by the road­side for want of a bus stand, caus­ing ob­struc­tions to traf­fic.the buses in short dis­tance routes are parked along the sta­tion road.the drivers pointed out that the heavy traf­fic con­ges­tion in the town had not been eased by the fly­over bridge which was a fail­ure of the project.

A tr­ishaw driver Sa­man Wi­je­sekara (40) said the ill planned devel­op­ment project had left the town in a di­lap­i­dated con­di­tion.

“The pave­ment had been con­structed and de­mol­ished in a short time un­der illplanned devel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties wast­ing pub­lic funds . Hap­haz­ard trench­ing in the Galle road from Kaw­dana road to Siri­pala Road has cre­ated a death trap. De­hi­wala Mount-lavinia is a tourist area of which the out­look should be spick and span,” he said.

A res­i­dent of the area R.D. Ban­dusena who trav­els daily by train from Ka­lu­tara and takes a bus to Malambe said the pedes­tri­ans on Sta­tion Road had been com­pelled to walk along the cen­tre of the road due to ob­struc­tions caused by park­ing buses along the road­side and unau­tho­rized stalls on the pave­ments.

“I get down at De­hi­wala and walk to Galle road to take the Kandy bound bus to travel to Malambe. How­ever we run the risk of be­ing knocked down by ve­hi­cles when walk­ing along the cen­tre of the road. Buses on sev­eral by-routes from De­hi­wala are parked by the road­side.

The halt­ing place for buses on the main Galle road is quite of­ten a muddy pool. We have to stand away from the halt­ing place to avoid the splish-splash of muddy wa­ter when ve­hi­cles are pass­ing by. The au­thor­i­ties have not im­ple­mented an ef­fec­tive devel­op­ment plan for the De­hi­wala town which is a part of the De­hi­wala-mount Lavinia mu­nic­i­pal area, a pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion in the county,” he said.

Res­i­dents of the area re­quested the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to com­plete the on­go­ing devel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties soon and not to leave them drag­ging on for years.

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