waste water removal
The waste water canal system and the storm water drains connected to it in the Narahenpita area have been in a dilapidated state causing inconvenience to a large population. Residents of the area said that Narahenpita town was a part of the Colombo Municipality and that it was a matter of serious concern that the waste water drainage system had been neglected in this manner.
They pointed out that the waste water canal in the Park Road area, with several housing schemes, multi storied buildings, schools and playgrounds had been covered with rank vegetation due to neglect and misuse. Meanwhile haphazard dumping of garbage in the canal is going on unchecked.
A trishaw driver of the area Priyantha Pushpakumara (32) said the neglected waste water canal covered with rank vegetation had turned into a dumping ground.
“Bags of garbage are thrown into the canal by individuals living in nearby houses without least concern about its environmental damage and health hazards. This could be prevented if the rank vegetation was cleared and the canal cleaned. When it is neglected in this manner, the people are inclined to misuse it. Labourers employed by the Municipal Council are not able to creep through the shrubs to collect garbage for fear of being stung by venomous snakes. The canal has not been cleaned for a long time and has turned into an eyesore in the area and a mosquito breeding ground,” he said.
Residents of the area requested the Colombo Municipal Council to clean the canal to allow the free flow of water and to prevent its misuse.