Residents living around Pitawella Road, Boralesgamuwa, north of Ratmalana Airport are facing a grave problem of noise due to helicopters frequently flying very low. This was seldom experienced even during the war against the LTTE, but since the purchase of additional helicopters after the war was over, it appears these new helicopters are used indiscriminately.
It has become difficult for students to study and also listen to news programmes over the TV, not to speak of enjoying a movie. The elders who take an evening nap too are disturbed. This goes on even at nights. It is expected this noise disturbance will increase when the elections near as government members will use these helicopters to visit Sabaragamuwa, North Central and Eastern Districts for their campaign.
The Commissioner of Elections should take note as to whether this is an election contravention– usage of government property for election campaigns. It may also be of interest to the Committee on Public Accounts, of which Senior Minister Dew Gunasekera is the Chairman to investigate whether it does not amount to unnecessary or illegal expenditure to move politicians from Colombo to places where election campaigns will be heldWhatever it be, could authorities reduce this noise pollution and allow us to live in peace, in this area that’s a bird sanctuary?