Thalawathugoda’s Biodiversity Killed by Mounting Garbage
The careless disposal of waste by commuters, vendors and certain business premises of the area are threatening the waterways and the ecosystem of Thalawathugoda which is home to several protected wetlands.
A much-sought-after area for bird watching, walking paths, jogging tracks and plant nurseries, Thalawathugoda’s scenic beauty is seriously threatened by mountains of garbage collected on roadways and non-degradable plastic bottles, beer cans, polythene and food containers dumped into the drains skirting the walking path which runs through Kimbulawala junction across the New Hospital Road.
Face masks, yoghurt cups and water bottles carelessly thrown by commuters and those now frequenting the ‘street food’ strip bordering the walking path end up in the adjacent lakes and paddy fields. This washed away garbage is a serious threat to the wildlife which feeds on it and also to the ecosystem of the area.
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