Mosquitoes thrive: who’s responsible?

Published : 10:22 am  March 6, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (1029) reads | 

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Text and pics by Dayaratna Pathirana
The irregular flow of water in Modarawila in Panadura has blocked drains making the area impassable during rains that result in mosquito breeding pools of stagnant water during dry weather residents said.
There are a large number of schools, public institutions, the Modarawila government housing scheme and the industrial estate in Panadura situated in this densely-populated area where there is no end to blocked drains on both sides of the roads. Area residents complained that some drains had not been desilted for a long time.

 

“Residents said that the authorities do not seem to  be taking  any action against the culprits who direct garbage and effluents to the  canal and drains…”

 

According to them, the government has taken steps to breed fish to prevent mosquito breeding but mosquitoes continue to thrive in water-logged land. It is a fact that nauseating smells emanate from the drainage system filled with garbage and dirt while the dirty water poses a threat to fish breeding. Collectively therefore, harmful effluents get stuck in the Thalpitiya Canal which connects with the sea.
Residents said that the authorities do not seem to  take be taking any action against the culprits who direct garbage and effluents to the canal and drains. Meanwhile, Chairman of the Panadura Urban Council Reinzi Fernando said that it was not a matter which came solely under his purview. “The Urban Development Authority has to look into this as well. However, I will do what I can to resolve the issue as soon as possible,” he said.