A open plot behind the Wadala Bridge is being used as dumping ground and is becoming a breeding ground for many diseases during the rains.
Residents blame the civic body for neglecting it and not even permitting them to take care of it.
This seems to contradict the civic body’s demand to lift the stay order on its caretaker policy as it is not keen on lending a helping hand to citizens in maintaining open spaces.
The Brihanmumbai Muni-cipal Corporation’s (BMC) caretaker policy states private players can develop open spaces. It was stayed after citizens raised an outcry since builders were flouting norms and not keeping grounds accessible for public use.
Wadala residents blame the slumdwellers who live on the other side of the bridge for the dirty plot.
A resident, Rahul Daga (27), said: “Last year at least 15 people were treated for ailments like malaria, diarrhoea, etc. We have made regular complaints to the ward office but they have not done anything .”
To avoid a similar situation this year, 40 residents of Sonas building have taken up the task of cleaning the garbage every three months.
“Society members met and decided to shell out Rs 500 per flat and clean it up by hiring external labourers,” said Dr Ramesh Shah (54), secretary of Sonas building.
“This is a residential area with not less than 12 apartments and a high school. We are fed up with BMC’s heartless attitude towards the health of the residents,” he added.
Dr Shah treated 10 patients from the area for malaria and dengue last year.
In January, residents had requested the BMC to give them the open space on lease for a stipulated time to maintain it as a garden. But they were refused permission.
B. Pawar, assistant municipal commissioner, F-North ward office, said: “I will send the concerned official to the site and then we will take a look at the matter.”