Soysapura residents concerned about authorities’ lethargy

From Reggie Goonewardene
With the threat of dengue reaching alarming proportions, residents of the Soysapura housing complex have expressed concern over the illicit structures which have sprung up on either side of the road. This is more poignant as these illegal constructions doing business from vegetables to fast food, have been put up on the concrete slabs of the drain thereby obstructing any attempt to clean them.

As PHIs are a rare breed, residents say there is chaos on the road with these illegal entities dominating the scenario and forcing people, including women and children, to walk virtually on the centre of the road leading to the housing scheme, at the risk of their lives. Adding to the vehicular traffic on this road is a bus service (route No. 155) which is convenient to residents but with the illegal structures the buses add to the danger posed to pedestrians.

Two suspected dengue cases have already been reported from Soysapura but the municipal authorities appear to be unconcerned about contributory factors to deadly diseases such as these illegal structures, clogged drains and piles of garbage, residents claimed.

The media had earlier highlighted these problems but no action was taken, they said.