Kelani river polluted rapidly-WP JVP Councilor

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By Muditha Dayananda   

The Kelani River being subjected to severe pollution and the human activities alongside this river might lead the river to change its route base, hinted Dr. Asoka Sapumal Ranwala the JVP provincial councilor at the recently held council meeting.   


Speaking at length Ranwala said that there are many factories established alongside the banks of this river engaged in cleaning of bottles. These factories draw much water from the river, and the Caustic soda used in the cleaning process is diverted to the river along with the water. In addition there are several cloth dying factories on both sides of the river, and the residue of these dyes which cannot be recycled is also released to the Kelani River which aggravates the pollution.   


The location of container yards, and factories using heavy vehicles on both sides of this river, is affecting the river banks being unable to bear the heavy weight, the soil gets loosened and there is a tendency for the river to burst through these areas where the soil has shifted. 

 

He urged the authorities to take note of this situation and take steps to avoid the river been polluted, prevent soil erosion and also curb the unauthorized filling of the river with soil and other debris


The river has been made narrower with the fillings done in a haphazard manner. The route of the river had changed in Malwana and Ranala areas. In the event of a powerful surge of water during floods there exists a possibility of the river changing its route avoiding these narrow areas and rapidly flowing through Kelaniya and Wattala areas and ending up at the sea. This type of scenario had been experienced in many parts of the world.   


Dr. Ranwala also informed of a research made by Doctors, Scientists and Professors about the pollution of this river some time back. He urged the authorities to take note of this situation and take steps to avoid the river been polluted, prevent soil erosion and also curb the unauthorized filling of the river with soil and other debris. He also took a swipe saying that when large scale pollution is affecting the river at the source, a purifying plant is being established below it. This type of things does not happen anywhere else in the world. He suggested that these issues have to be first resolved and Kelani River declared as an environmental protectorate and make it a tourist zone which would strengthen the economy with the joint participation of the Central Environmental Authority, the Environmental Ministry of the Western Provincial Council, Education Department, Industries Ministry and the Ministry 
of Tourism.