Monsoon, water logging and spread of diseases
OT, August 26, 2012 02:49 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Okhla
Stinking water at Julaina is creating problem for residents and passers-by. Several patients who visit two hospitals, Holy Family and Fortis, located nearby complain about how perennial water logging makes things difficult for them. Roadside businesses too have suffered.
But nothing is being done to clean the area, claim residents. And with the rain lashing the locality, there are fears that mosquitoes will breed, leading to spread of diseases like malaria and dengue.
Shahzad Khan said: “Of late it has become difficult to pass from the area. It stinks most of the time. And now with monsoon arriving there are fears that mosquitoes will breed. The authorities should clean the area as soon as possible. But it appears nothing is happening as water logging has become a regular phenomenon. For long the work continues to be incomplete leading to regular water logging.
Rickshaw pullers and others who park their vehicles a few meters from the waterlogged place complain that the stink is unbearable but they are helpless to do anything.
The situation has not improved despite a few articles also been published on the water logging and authorities negligent attitude in dealing with the problem. Some residents have given up, complaining that the water logging has blighted the locality as posh New Friends’ Colony, two hospitals and central university Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) are located nearby.
Government officials could not be reached for comments on the issue.
The situation in other parts of Jamia Nagar is not good with water logging a common site.
If the situation is not addressed, chances are high of outbreak of malarial and dengue diseases as it had happened earlier. One case of dengue has been reported from Okhla industrial area. And with unbridled construction activities, water logging and lack of sewages in the area, the numbers may increase in coming days.
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