The Sunday Leader

Crows Island Beach- An Eyesore

Text and Pictures - by Pavithra Jovan De Mello

Sri Lanka is an island with beautiful beaches, and these beaches are one of the main attractions for tourists that visit our country every year.
Hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals alike visit beaches like Nilaveli, Unawatuna and Pasikuda to name a few for leisure.
But one stretch of beach, situated in Colombo 15, to be more precise, the Crow Island beach in Mattakkuliya, does not share the same glamour.
We visited the beach to take a closer look, and found nothing but a waste scattered area. Rubbish was everywhere.
Polythene, old tyres, empty bottles and even bags filled with waste were seen all around.
Do people come here to spend some time with their families or for a swim? apparently they do. Speaking to one of the Police officers at the Police post set up at the site, we were informed that close to 3000 people come here every weekend. When asked who is responsible for the maintaining the cleanliness of the beach, he said that a committee set up by the locals of the area are in charge of this duty.
Waste disposal bins were seen placed on the beach, how ever, these were not seemed to be utilised, and were just lying there, empty and barely used.
It appears as if the people who do come here, do not seem to care about what they leave behind.
And it also appears that, whoever is responsible for cleaning this beach, is not actually doing their duty, and fails to see how this affects the environment.

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