NEARLY A dozen people have fallen victim to diarrhoea in Ushaganj locality reportedly as a result of water supply mains being contaminated by leaky drainage pipes.
“Most of the drainage lines in the area are choked. As a result, waste water seeps into potable water supply mains laid adjacent to drainage pipes,” Fatima Bi, a thirty-five-year-old mother of two, charged.
Both her sons, she says, have been suffering from loose motion and vomiting caused by drinking contaminated water.
“We try to purify the water by adding alum to storage tanks but even that does not help,” said Ragini Devi, holding up a bottle of yellowish liquid drawn from the tap to drive home her point.
Residents charge that although they have complained several times about choked drainage lines, neither the local corporator nor Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) health department officials have paid any heed.
“The problem dates back to last summer. In the intervening period, we met the corporator several times and even wrote to the municipal commissioner but nothing has happened even though years has passed,” Ashok Mehta lamented.
When contacted, chief municipal health officer Dr A K Puranik dismissed fears of leaky drainage pipes resulting in the diarrhoea pandemic.
“However, now that the matter has been brought to our notice we will try and get the drainage lines repaired at the earliest,” he asserted.