Dehiwela flyover area plagued by waste water menace

Published : 9:25 am  December 22, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (797) reads | 

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By H.M. Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath   
The Galle road near the Dehiwala flyover had turned into a pool of waste water due to obstructions caused to the underground sewers and the haphazard release of waste water from wayside hotels, onto the road. The business community and the public expressed concern about the hardships caused to them and blamed the Municipal Council of ignoring this public nuisance. They said they made continual representations in this regard to the Police Environmental Unit and the Municipal Council, but to no avail.  

A trader in Dehiwala town Priyantha Soysa (45) said the free flow of waste water through the underground sewers had been obstructed with garbage and that it had been worsened by the release of waste water from hotels onto the road.  
“The splash of waste water hits the pedestrians and wayside houses when vehicles pass by, much to the annoyance of the people. The flow of waste water onto the road has created mosquito breeding grounds and the deadly disease is raising its ugly head in the area. Several Dengue positive patients have already been admitted to the Colombo South Hospital,” he said.  

The flow of waste water onto the road has created mosquito breeding  grounds and the deadly disease is raising its ugly head in the area.  Several Dengue positive patients have already been admitted to the  Colombo South Hospital,” he said.

Meanwhile Hospital Director Asela Gunawardene said two hospital employees had died of Dengue recently.  
Residents of the area and the business community requested the authorities to repair the sewers and to take legal action against the individuals who released waste water onto the road.