Colombo could be like Delhi soon

Colombo city

Colombo could face air pollution issue like New Delhi soon, Central Environment Trust Director Sajeewa Chamikara said yesterday.

He said that the city of Colombo could face an air pollution issue like New Delhi as a result of increased emissions.

“These emissions remain in the lower atmosphere with the increase of humidity and reduction of temperature as it is experienced these days. Emissions increase as a result of increasing vehicular activity and construction work.

“This situation could get enhanced with the urbanisation and industrialisation. All of these will be accumulated into an air pollution issue like in New Delhi,” he said.

Mr. Chamikara said filling of wetlands for construction could also create more environmental issues.

“Filling of wetlands has become severe in Colombo and suburbs,” he added.

In addition, he said the Port City project had also created some issues.

Among the major issues of the project, he said, was the sea erosion taking place in some areas.

He said there was severe sea erosion in the Bathiyawatte area in Negombo, while coastal areas from Wellawatte to Panadura was also facing increased sea erosion.

“We will fight against the project even after when it is completed,” he said.

(Source: Daily Mirror – By Yohan Perera)