Vicinity area of Kandawala Irrigation Housing scheme becomes Dengue breeding spot

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By H.M.Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath   

The by-road to the Irrigation Housing Scheme in Kandawala that turns off the Galle road at Ratmalana often goes under water due to neglect of the side drains. Residents of the area pointed out that the free flow of storm water and waste water had been obstructed by weeds creating mosquito breeding grounds and a nauseating smell compelling them to breathe polluted air.   


CITY-DM-6-8They said the maintenance of side drains had been neglected for years without any attention of the authorities. A representative of the welfare society said they attempted to clear the drains through Shramadana, but they found it an arduous task beyond their strength. They said they were prepared to help the Dehiwala – Mount Lavinia Municipal Council if they implemented a project to clean and repair the side drains that are broken down at several locations.   
A resident of the Irrigation Housing Scheme H.A. Gayan Maduranga said several families in the housing scheme had abandoned the houses that were now left to the mercy of the shrub jungle. He pointed out that the surroundings of the housing scheme is polluted with garbage and discarded material.   

 

The side drains filled with stagnant water had not been cleared for a long time. Solid waste including discarded tyres has obstructed the free flow of water creating a serious health hazard


“The side drains filled with stagnant water had not been cleared for a long time. Solid waste including discarded tyres has obstructed the free flow of water creating a serious health hazard. The owners of abandoned houses have left the area and their whereabouts are not known. PHIs recently carried out an inspection to find mosquito breeding grounds in the abandoned houses and the surroundings including the side drains. The situation would aggravate during the monsoon rains. Children in the nearby pre-school could be the victims of this health hazard. It is sad that our continual representations to the Dehiwala – Mount Lavinia Municipal Council fell on the deaf ears.” he further said.   


Violet Sembapperuma (50) of Kandawala said that the candidates who contested at local government election promised to implement road development projects and to repair the side drains, but we have not yet heard anything from them. She said the only request of the people is to clean the side drains and the surrounding area to prevent the danger of the possible Dengue epidemic.     

 

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