Published: Saturday 15 March 1997

Experts in this island nation are of the opinion that air pollution from industries and oil refineries should be closely monitored to establish any adverse effects on crops and vegetation, animals and groundwater. Taking cue from an article by V Basanayake, general president of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, observers said that research studies should be performed to identify lichens, higher plants and insects which are biological indicators for various forms of air pollution in highly industrialised zones like Sapugaskanda.

Consistent industrial expansion in Sri Lanka is causing concern. Recently, the government has decided to set up a 16.8 mw thermal power plant in Sapugaskanda to generate 118 million kw power per hour annually. The project is commissioned by the Ceylon Electricity Board. Besides, a diesel power plant would also come up in Sapugaskanda in June.

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