Residents in Mahara, Naligama and Nugegoda divisional secretariat divisions have vehemently protested against, a rumered proposal to fill the Naligama Galwala lake and the land area owned by the ports authority, with garbage collected from the Colombo Municipality zone.
These distressed residents have informed the relevant authorities that this lake is a potential source of drinking water and that filling it will not only aggravate the already existing problem of supplying drinking water but also create new problems due to environmental pollution and spread of diseases.
Two temples, a school, a large cluster of houses and their occupants could be badly affected, they said.
The residents pointed out that lake water, after purification could be supplied to the entire Colombo zone and be a source of income to the government. This rare natural water resource should be restored and not be abused.
The lake three and a half acres in extent, filled to sixty feet deep by natural spring water is a rare creation of nature. This system extending to twenty two acres consists fauna, of animals and birds and over seventy medicinal plants in the green.
`A project is to be undertaken by the central environment authority to fill this lake which is closely linked with our lives we will protest against this move,` a resident said.
Nugegoda Sri Sambodi Vihara Chief priest Ven. Morathiya Soratha Thera said `the lake and land is rich in fauna and flora, filling it is totally unacceptable. It will have an adverse effect on the residents. the government should renovate and protect it for the future generation.`