President launches Lake Beira purification process
Wed, December 22, 2021, 12:23 p.m. SL time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
December 22, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Tuesday released a thousand ecological floating islands towards Lake Beira, thus initiating the process of purification of the lake.
Lake Beira has been polluted due to unauthorized urbanization and improper upgrading of sanitation infrastructure in Colombo city. The “ecological floating island” method was implemented under the leadership of the President of the Land Development Corporation, retired Major General MRW de Soyza.
Environmentalist Ranoshi Siripala points out that the experiment conducted for water purification by planting plants such as Cannas, Savandara and Heliconia using PVC pipes, bamboo and foam mattresses as floating supports has yielded results. positive.
Plants in floating wetlands absorb excess nutrients carried in the water. This reduces the amount of algae in the water and purifies the water, eliminates odors and maintains an ecological balance by providing habitat for water dependent organisms. Another advantage is the beautification of the water surface.
Land Development Corporation chairman, MRW de Zoysa, stressed that the project should play an indirect role in controlling diseases caused by the threat of mosquitoes. He said a number of other benefits, such as increased fish density, can also be achieved at very low cost through this project.
Minister of State Mohan P. De Silva, Municipal Commissioner of Colombo Municipal Council Roshanie Dissanayake, Managing Director of Sri Lanka Land Development Corporation Srimathi Senadheera, Project Director Dr NS Wijeratne and officials of the Land Development Corporation were also present.