Bolgoda lake has become dumping ground for factories

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  • Lake Bolgoda that spreads over an area of 374 sq. km
  • A great natural asset that should be protected 
  • More than one tonne of plastics flows down Bolgoda River into the sea every year. 
  • Sri Lanka discards 159 tonnes of plastic into the sea, while in India it is only six tons. India has 103 Rivers. 
  • Garbage, including blood and urine samples from private hospital laboratories, are also dumped in the Bolgoda River 

 

By Saman Kariyawasam and Kusal Chamath   

Former Member of the Western Provincial Council, Environmentalist Jagath Pushpakumara expressed concern about the ongoing pollution of Lake Bolgoda, which had once been a tourist attraction and used by the people for recreation activating including boating, fishing and swimming.   


Addressing a gathering at the ceremony organized by the National Movement for Freedom to mark the International Environment Day, he said that the lake had become an eyesore in the area due to dumping of garbage from several factories in the Panadura area.   


He said it was sad that the lake that should be protected as a tourist attraction was now being used as the dumping ground of factories.   


“Lake Bolgoda that spreads over an area of 374 sq. km. is a great natural asset that should be protected,” he said.   


“It is equal to an area from Galpatha in Kalutara to the Puttalam lagoon. If it was in another country, they would have tapped its resources to develop the entire country.   


“However, it is used as a dumping ground of factories in the 75 acre Modarawila Industrial Village. Liquid waste and garbage flow down the Karapan Canal and Thalpitiya Canal into the Bolgoda River.   


“It is startling that heaps of plastic and polythene that float in the Bolgoda River find their way to the Panadura beach during floods.   

 

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“Meanwhile, garbage, including blood and urine samples from private hospital laboratories are also dumped in the Bolgoda River.   


“More than one tonne of plastics flow down Bolgoda River into the sea every year. Sri Lanka discards 159 tonnes of plastic into the sea, while in India it is only six tons. India has 103 Rivers.   


“We are not prepared to shirk our responsibility as environmentalists. If the environmentalists turned a blind eye to this environmental hazard, not a single fish would be spared in our sea limits by 2030,”he said.   


He said that the use of phosphate had caused extensive environmental damage and caused soil erosion and that the use of agro-chemicals was the major cause of terminal kidney ailments.   


Popular actor and environmentalist of international repute Jagath Chamila gave away the prizes to the schoolchildren who forwarded paintings to the exhibition.   


Chief Incumbent of the Malamulla Sudharmarama Temple in Panadura and Chief Sanghanayake of the Hambantota Disawa Ven. Morakandegoda Dhammarathana Thera, and Chairman of the Panadura UC Nandana Gunatilleka were present at the occasion.