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Healthcare issues stare Ghonda voters in the face

Faizan Haidar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 29, 2013
First Published: 01:28 IST(29/10/2013) | Last Updated: 01:49 IST(29/10/2013)

The lack of health care facilities is a major problem for residents of the Ghonda Assembly constituency in east Delhi. Floods are common in the area where the lone dispensary of Ghonda village is located. Patients have to wade through knee-deep water to reach the dispensary building whenever it rains.

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“Mosquitoes breed around the dispensary and the entrance to the building is filthy. We fear falling ill every time we have to take someone there,” Subhash Chandra, a resident of Ghonda village, said.

“If the authorities can’t keep a dispensary clean, how will they ensure sanitation in residential colonies?” Chandra asked.

“The road in front of the dispensary has been dug up, making it all the more inaccessible,” Ramesh Singh, a resident of Yamuna Vihar, said.

“Encroachment in the areas here has meant that roads have become narrower. As a result, it’s become impossible to use cars to travel,” Singh added.

The constituency includes areas such as Bhajan Pura, Brahm Puri, Yamuna Vihar, Ghonda and Gokulpur. Most of the areas are unauthorised. Migrant labourers have settled in the area in large numbers.

Local legislator Sahab Singh Chauhan said he was aware of the problems and claimed that he had the dispensary renovated. “The area is low-lying and gets submerged after rain. But this is not the only dispensary and we have three more in other blocks. Residents can go there,” Chauhan said.  

Residents of the constituency complain of garbage dumped on streets. “The situation is only getting worse. People dump garbage in vacant plots and civic bodies are not bothered to do anything,” said Ram Avtar Aggarval, a resident of Ghonda, who has been living in the area for around 50 years.

Several residents felt that municipal authorities were not bothered about the cleanliness in the area because it was not a “posh” colony.

“What will you do if the councillor is not doing his job? I respond to every complaint I get and I have 12 offices in my constituencies. If I notice garbage anywhere, I call the sanitation staff to clear it,” said Chauhan.

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