And the resulting High and low rise buildings with their huge walls covered with plants, their roots fixed into the walls soaked with rain water; spilling sewers from every housing unit inside the shelter are not unusual scenes for people living in Maligawatte, Dematagoda, Slave Island, Colombo North and other parts of the city of Colombo. Garbage thrown out of these flats and scattered all around is embarrassing for the people who pass these flats on a daily basis. It's not that people who live in the condominiums are aliens or uncivilized people but that they are indifferent to their environment. The flats have been neglected by the authorities for more than a decade and built to get rid of the population who illegally occupies prime government properties. Throughout the years they have lived with all these difficulties at their hands. Unauthorized illegal structures make these conditions even worse by making these sewer lines and drainage lines inaccessible. Could these chaoses be avoided with good designs? At least to an certain extend?
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