Karaponela Canal turned into waste water drain

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By Saman Kariyawasam and Kusal Chamath   

Karaponela canal in Panadura division that irrigated a paddy and vegetable cultivation in the area and provided recreation facilities including swimming, boating and fishing in the past has turned into a waste water drain due to the misuse by the factories in Modarawila Ranasinghe Premadasa industrial village in Panadura much to the anxiety of the residents of the area.  

Environmentalists pointed out that the canal that flowed through a highly sensitive environmental zone in the past was now a waste water drain of used by the factories. They pointed out that the fish and aquatic creatures in the canal died due to the haphazard way of disposal of poisonous residue and toilet waste from the factories.   


They accused the factory owners of causing extensive environmental damage to a vast area and the canal to amass wealth.   

Chairman of the Panadura Pradeshiya Sabha Hemantha Fernando who took up this issue at the monthly meeting of the Pradeshiya Sabha said the people in Dikbedda, Morawattas, Thanpitiya and Kaludewala areas were facing a serious health hazard due to the environmental pollution caused to the Karaponela canal. He pointed out that continual representations in this regard to the relevant authorities has fallen on deaf ear and even the environmental authority was moribund inactive in this regard despite continual representation. The chairman called for a report from the environmental officers regarding the issue.   

Residents of the area pointed out that the environmental pollution caused to the canal that flowed through an area with a dense population into the Thalpitiya river had created a threat to their health. They said the canal that provided irrigation facilities for agriculture and recreation facilities to the people was not fit for any purpose now. They requested the Environmental Authority to look into the issue and to prevent the ongoing environmental pollution and to take action against the factory owners responsible for it.