Water logging, breeding of mosquito biggest issue this monsoon
OT, July 5, 2012 04:18 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Okhla
As monsoon is on its way residents in Mumbai, Delhi are talking about water logging and ways to keep the localities clean so as to avoid spread of water-borne diseases. There is extra pressure on civic agencies to get things into shape, avoiding water logging. But in Okhla, a deprived area, nothing like this is taking place.
There are no NGOs to look into the matter. Local politicians too are sitting pretty.
It is only some residents who are worried that rain will bring in misery for them like water logging, mushrooming of mosquitoes and other diseases. With garbage pile up on street corners across Jamia Nagar and the open Nallah on Abul Fazal Enclave yet to be cleaned and covered, there are fears of outbreak of diseases like dengue and malaria.
S Ali said the situation is really bad. “Come monsoon the locality will be flooded with water. Water logging is the biggest issue. Besides, there are many places where building materials have been left on the roads for months. Such places are breeding ground for mosquitoes.”
During monsoon the area turns into a mess. With no proper sewage, water logging becomes the norm.
Waris Mazhari said: “This is not something new in this area. Every year the situation is like this. The area is overcrowded and residents don’t take care of sanitation. They dump garbage outside their houses and on street. Builders too block streets with materials. So in such a situation we can’t blame the government agencies. It would have been better had the officials noticed it. But as the area is unauthorized they can’t be blamed.”
Many residents have left things to their fate, least bothered about sanitation and water logging.
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