Disease-prone areas in city cry for civic body’s attention

  • Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jun 05, 2014 12:11 IST

The municipal corporation has once again failed to meet its claims of ensuring proper sanitation and fogging in the highly disease-prone areas of the city.

Though MC claimed to have started fogging in the month of April insensitive areas, like Dhandari adjoining Durga Colony, Prem Nagar and Deep Colony, the residents say that neither have they witnessed any fo gging in the area, nor there was any improvement in sanitation conditions.

Thousands of people are living in illegally constructed vehras in many area of the city, where they are being forced to live under unhygienic conditions.

A visit to one such area , Durga Colony, revealed that only one toilet was being used by more than 10 families living in different rooms of one portion of a vehra due to which unsanitary conditions were prevailing there. In some of the areas, up to 70 families are living in different rooms of a vehra.

Learning no lesson from last year, when some cases of dengue were also reported in these areas, the MC has failed this year too, to start fogging as per claims of the area residents. However, the civic body assures residents every year that they will ensure cleanliness and fogging, but the senior officials concerned don’t check or visit these areas to know the actual situation.

Garbage can be seen lying along roadsides and adding to the problem water stagnates on roads due to the choked drains.

A 35-year-old woman of Durga Colony said, “There are 72 different rooms in our vehra where a family of five lives in one room. Major problem here is of sanitation. Not only roads, the condition of our vehra is also bad. One toilet is being used by at least 50 people. We cannot afford to live at better place. My whole family is sick due to unsanitary conditions. Besides, no fogging is being done here.”

Residents claimed that open drains remain choked and the drinking water also stinks sometimes.

The condition in Deep Colony is much worst, as the drinking water pipes are still passing through sewer drains, and the roads here are filled with dirty water.

In Prem Nagar also, the condition is not different, as there is no lifting of garbage. Garbage is usually dumped along roadside or in vacant plots.

Prem Nagar area resident, Krishan, said, “Fogging against mosquitoes is not being conducted here. Some cases of dengue were reported here last year. I appeal to the MC officials to pay attention towards our area.”

Another resident, Ram Kishore, said “It is the responsibility of the MC to ensure cleanliness. There should be more awareness about prevention of diseases.”

When contacted, Amarjit Singh Sekhon, joint commissioner-cum-chief of health and sanitation wing of MC, said, “We are conducting fogging, but we will look into the matter. We will also ensure proper sanitation across the city.”

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