Kusalagnana Mawatha, Dehiwala in dilapidated condition

Published : 8:59 am  January 11, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (476) reads | 

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By H.M.Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath   

Thousands of residents living along Kusalagnana Mawatha, a by-road linking Dharmapala Mawatha and Quarry Road in Dehiwala are facing hardship due to the broken down storm water drainage system. 


The drainage pipe line was obstructed by the debris of the collapsed boundary wall of the Dehiwala zoo. They pointed out that maintenance of the road running through a highly populated area had been neglected by the Dehiwala – Mount Lavinia Municiapal Council despite continual representations.  


Resident of Dehiwala Quarry Road Pathmini Vanderzil said that Kusalagnana Road linking Quarry Road had been in a dilapidated state due to neglect of maintenance.  


“Free flow of water is not allowed in the broken down side drains that are obstructed by garbage and overgrown vegetation. During heavy rain the side drains overflow and unclean water flow into our home gardens. Waste water from the nearby houses and even from the Dehiwala zoo flow along the road” she said.  

 

Free flow of water is not allowed in the broken down side drains that are obstructed by garbage and overgrown vegetation. During heavy rain the side drains overflow and unclean water flow into our home gardens. Waste water from the nearby houses and even from the Dehiwala zoo flow along the road


Untitled-2A resident of Anagarika Dhamapala Road Vimal Jayawardene said that Kusalagnana Mawatha was bounded by more than 60 year old security wall in the Dehiwala Zoo that had been in a dilapidated condition for a long time.   


“Recently a part of it was demolished with backhoes to repair and covered with zinc sheets. Movement of backhoes resulted in extensive damage to the side drains. Now waste water flow down the road with a nauseating smell. We have been facing a serious health hazard for more than a year, but our representations in this regard to the relevant authorities have not received any positive response.

Several Dengue patients had been reported from the area last year. My grandson was one of them. Meanwhile the garbage burner of the zoo is located near the road and we are compelled to breathe polluted air due to the smoke emission and the bad smell from burning garbage.”  


Residents of the area requested the relevant authorities to repair the road and the security wall in the zoo to save them from their predicament.   

 

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