The Devon falls won by many tourists' hearts may not be as appealing as it used to be amid a troubling information received to which its Devon Canal has been exposed into waste matter released by a nearby farm.
According to reports, faecal matter and waste disposed by a farm in Hatton Kotagala area has been released into the Devon Canal, and Public Health Inspector for Kotagala Pradeshiya Sabha Saundar Ragvan said that legal measures will be taken against the Farm Manager of the above animal farm and will be brought before the Magistrate Court of Hatton.
The water current of the Devon Canal is being driven for nearly 3 kilometres from Kotagala to Devon falls, and the environmental disaster continuous for many years happens to have affected the water streams of the area leaving citizens at a questioned state for healthy water consumption. The exposure of waste has produced gas with fume intolerable surrounding the area, and with media coverage was taken into attention of the public health officers yesterday (29).
Per reports, the above farm has been following no proper waste management system for years and was discovered to be practicing the habit of disposing faecal matter and waste of farm animals into the water streams.
Because even the bodies of deceased cattle are not being buried in keeping with a proper methodology, Mr. Saundar Ragvan said that an injunction order will be taken for making the legal measures against the farm until due notice for implementation of a proper environmental structure.
Given the dry weather conditions, the water levels of the canal has dropped and the waste is being flown through the canal in solid formation in places where local and foreign tourists tend to bathe.