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Officials wake up after jaundice outbreak

FOLLOWING THE reports regarding the supply of contaminated water and outbreak of jaundice, a team of BMC officials today visited the areas under ward 64. Several people of this area have fallen ill during past couple of days.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 14:40 IST

FOLLOWING THE reports regarding the supply of contaminated water and outbreak of jaundice, a team of BMC officials today visited the areas under ward 64. Several people of this area have fallen ill during past couple of days.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporators also submitted a memorandum in this regard to the BMC Commissioner.

Health official suspended

Bhopal Municipal Corporation Commissioner Manish Singh today suspended a BMC’s health department supervisor posted in ward 64. Singh was reviewing the sanitation work at a meeting today. The supervisor was suspended for not attending the meeting despite the prior information.

A press release informed that the BMC Commissioner also directed the officials to carry out special drive for the cleaning of drains and nullahs from April 24 to May 30. Singh also asked officials to improve the sanitation in the city. He expressed displeasure over the sanitation workers remaining absent during his visit to ward 64 couple of days back.

The BMC’s water works department officials today carried out inspection in areas of ward 64 including the Ashoka Garden, Sethi Nagar etc. The BJP corporators, including BMC Chairman Ramdayal Prajapati and Ashok Pandey, also visited this area.

It was alleged that the pipelines of this colony are laid along the sewer line resulting in the contamination. It was reported that about two-dozen residents of Ashoka Garden are suffering from jaundice.

However, the BMC administration claimed that there could be other reasons for the disease outbreak. The BMC officials said that the examination of water being supplied in this area was carried out today.

There was no contamination in the water, the officials claimed. The Health Department officials also visited the area and distributed medicines to the residents.

who are involved in the construction of this structure. Officials have also forwarded a note-sheet in this regard to BMC Commissioner sources said.

Earlier, a shed was constructed on the open land of this enclosed campus with the help of MLA fund’s from Umashankar Gupta. While the shed was being used during Durga and Ganesh Utsav employees’ leaders put up a Durga idol here today. BMC Commissioner Manish Singh and mayor-in-council member (water works department) Amir Aqueel could not be contacted despite repeated efforts.