Despite President’s intervention Muthurajawela swamp being filled in for constructions

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  • The destruction of the environment in this area should be halted with or  without the attention of the president. If the ecosystem here is  destroyed the residents in Gampaha District will have to face major  environmental issues in the future
  • Numerous reports by the media, prompted the President to inspect the  swamp and issue a directive to halt all activities that would harm the  environment including filling in land and construction. The President  also directed the re-acquisition of a paddy land recently sold by the  government to a well connected businessman   

 

Text & Pix by P. H. P. Perera  

Residents in Muthurajawela yesterday complained that despite a directive by the President to halt activities that would endanger the swamp earlier this year, these activities continued to happen even at present.   
It has also been learnt that the Special Task Force appointed by the President to protect the swamp no longer existed.   


Several residents who wished to remain anonymous stated that powerful businessmen and politicians continued with their work in the area. 


They stated that parts of the swamp were being filled in for construction while other environmentally unfriendly activities were destroying the fragile ecosystem of the swamp. 

 
Environmental activists and residents stood their ground earlier this year, when attempts were being made to dump garbage in the vicinity and part of the swamp.   


Numerous reports by the media, prompted the President to inspect the swamp and issue a directive to halt all activities that would harm the environment including filling in land and construction. 


The President also directed the re-acquisition of a paddy land recently sold by the government to a well connected businessman.   


Despite these preventive measures, large areas of the swamp were being cleared out and the use of hard chemicals was destroying the fragile ecosystem.   


Residents believe the level of destruction carried out at present could not be done without the blessings of corrupt state officials.   


The destruction of the swamp can be clearly witnessed in areas such as Vahitiyagama, Dehiyagana, Dadugama and Dalathuru.   


“The destruction of the environment in this area should be halted with or without the attention of the president. If the ecosystem here is destroyed, the residents in Gampaha District will have to face major environmental issues in the future,” a resident said.  

 

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