The end of Katubedda Wela as an ‘environmental zone’

Published : 9:44 am  July 4, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (1558) reads | 

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By Indika Manoj Cooray and Kusal Chamath
The proposed environmental zone in the abandoned historic paddy field called Katubedda Wela, about 75 acres in extent, near the Katubedda University has become an eye sore.

Katubedda Wela was being developed as an environmental zone and a tourist attraction under a project implemented by the previous government. However with the change of government the project has stopped and the area is being used as a dumping ground and a reservoir of water from toilets.


Katubedda Wela was being developed as an environmental zone and a tourist  attraction under a project implemented by the previous government


Area residents who were hopeful of the successful implementation of the environmental project are now concerned over these developments that has resulted in the death of fish in canals in the locality, the perennially nauseating smell and health issues owing to stagnant and polluted water.

They accused the Moratuwa Municipal Council and the Environmental Authority of failing to prevent the misuse of the proposed environmental zone.


It is being used as a dumping ground and a reservoir for toilet water


Meanwhile a senior official of the Moratuwa Police Environmental unit said that with the help of the Moratuwa MC they had removed unauthorized erections in the area and charged  individuals for dumping garbage and releasing toilet water to the Katubedda Wela area. However, despite that, he said there were still others who resorted to these activities.

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