Bolgoda Lake

Bolgoda Lake or Bolgoda River (Sinhala: බොල්ගොඩ වැව, Tamil: போல்கோடா ஏரி) is a freshwater lake in the Western Province of Sri Lanka, straddling the border between Colombo District and Kalutara District. It consists of two main bodies of water, a Northern portion and a Southern portion, connected by a waterway called Bolgoda River. The lake drains into the sea at the estuary in Panadura.[3]

Bolgoda Lake
Bolgoda Lake
Bolgoda Lake
Location of Bolgoda Lake
Location of Bolgoda Lake
Bolgoda Lake
Location of Bolgoda Lake
Location
Coordinates6°46′16″N 79°54′27″E / 6.77111°N 79.90750°E / 6.77111; 79.90750Coordinates: 6°46′16″N 79°54′27″E / 6.77111°N 79.90750°E / 6.77111; 79.90750
Native name
  • බොල්ගොඩ වැව  (Sinhala)
  • போல்கோடா ஏரி  (Tamil)
Basin countries Sri Lanka
Surface area374 square kilometres (144 sq mi)[1]
Islands13[2]
SettlementsPanadura

Bolgoda Lake is part of Bolgoda Environmental Protection Area,[4] gazetted in December 2009 and consisting of 5 subdivisions:

  1. Bolgoda Ganga
  2. Bolgoda North Lake
  3. Bolgoda South Lake
  4. Panadura Ganga
  5. Weras Ganga

Lake environmentEdit

Illegal constructions near the lake are a major emerging issue, with the Sri Lankan government claiming that 90% of constructions have not obtained the required environmental approval.[5] Pollution and irregular disposal of garbage are some other concerns facing the lake and its surroundings.[2] The Sri Lanka Navy and the Police are involved in efforts to protect the wetlands.[6]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bolgoda Lake – Sri Lanka". Global Nature Fund. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Privatising paradise: Bolgoda's plight". Ceylon Today. Ceylon Newspapers (Pvt) Ltd. 20 October 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Bolgoda Lake's glamour fades". Ceylon Daily News. Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 20 December 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Bolgoda Environmental Protection Area". Central Environmental Authority - Sri Lanka. Central Environmental Authority - Sri Lanka. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Over 90% constructions around Bolgoda lake illegal - CEA". Ceylon Daily News. Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 21 October 2020. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  6. ^ "War over Bolgoda Lake". Daily Mirror. Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2020.