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Bopath Ella Falls eco-system to be protected

The area around the Bopath Ella Falls in Kuruvita will be developed as an environment-friendly tourist zone by the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council.

Sabaragamuwa Provincial Governor Niluka Ekanayake said that they would take steps to develop the area around the Bopath Ella Falls as an eco-friendly tourist destination.

She made these remarks at a meeting she had with officers of the Provincial Tourism Ministry and the Kuruvita Pradeshiya Sabha(PS), recently.

A large number of Sri Lankans, foreign tourists, environmental researchers and nature lovers visit the Bopath Ella Falls daily. But it is reported that the surrounding environment gets polluted as a result of illegal constructions and improper waste disposal.

Speaking on this issue, the Governor said that they had identified many illegal constructions along the road to the Waterfall which harm environment and cause traffic congestion.

‘Certain visitors have improperly discarded non-degradable garbage such as polythene, plastic, empty liquor bottles and beer cans around the Bopath Ella Falls. This issue has resulted in a severe negative impact on the Waterfall eco-system and natural beauty of the area,’ the Governor added. She drew her attention on the loss of many young lives who try to climb up the Fall especially under the influence of liquor and advised the officials to take relevant measures to minimise these untimely deaths. She had instructed officials to aware the visitors of those probable dangers.

The Governor further said that measures would be taken to remove all illegal constructions around the area. Those who run businesses in such constructions would be given shops in a marketplace which is to be built next to the proposed car park near the Waterfall.

She highlighted the need of a Police Post near the Bopath Ella Falls to inspect unruly behaviour of some visitors through which they expect to protect the environment and also to save the lives.

Governor’s Secretary Herath P. Kularatne, Chief Secretary D.M. Malani and Kuruvita PS Chairman Premaratne Malkekula were present at the meeting.

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