The operation was carried out by the ‘Bingu Sampatha Surekeeme Sangvidanaya’ and it was of special significance that a 13-year-old was also part of the operation. She is Kalani Aloka, a grade 8 student of the Kandy, Mahanama College. Following on her father’s footsteps, she has a special liking for bee keeping and has joined her father in removing waspse nests on several occasions.
The 300 foot bridge over the Mahaweli river connecting the Peradeniya University and its Engineering faculty was constructed around 75 years ago.
The bridge is around 50 feet above the river and the difficulty in removing the wasp nests was due to the difficulty in accessing them. The bridge has been constructed over the river without the aid of pillars in-between, displaying the engineering might and versatility of the engineers of yesteryear. It has been constructed in a manner that it moves when the weight increases, which is known as one of the seven wonders unique to the Peradeniya University.
A team of around 20 persons had engaged in a six hour operation to safely remove the wasps.
The annual graduation ceremony of the Peradeniya University is scheduled to take place on July 05 and over five thousand visitors are expected. Therefore, the university had requested that the wasp nests be removed due to the danger it posed when such a large gathering is present.