Monday, March 05, 2007

Pollution?

Has any one noticed lately that the sky in Colombo has become grayer during the past few months, and the visibility distance during the day time is drastically lower?

When we first moved in to WTC 16th floor, I remember being able to clearly see buildings in Bambalapitiya on a sunny day. But now, we can hardly see past the Gallface Hotel. It’s as if a mist is covering the whole city during the day time. But which is more likely a cloud of smoke.

I wonder what was the last time a proper survey was done on air pollution in Colombo. I remember results of such a survey were posted in billboards during mid 90s or so.

Hopefully, the Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Patali Champika Ranawaka, would take some measures to cut down on pollution in the urban area and to improve the situation in the near future.