Chhath long over, ghat left to rot posing health risk at Sec 120 
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Chhath long over, ghat left to rot posing health risk at Sec 120 

Noida Authority officials are taking refuge in the ban on digging and construction.

Chhath long over, ghat left to rot posing health risk at Sec 120 

Noida: Residents of Prateek Laurel, a high rise in Sector 120, Noida, complained that accumulated stagnant water in a temporary reservoir was posing a threat to their health and hygiene. The reservoir, they say was gradually turning into a mosquito breeding ground. 

According to SS Raghav, secretary of senior citizens welfare committee, the reservoir was made in a park between three big residential societies, namely Prateek Laurel, R G Residency and Amrapali Zodiac, for the convenience of devotees observing Chhath Puja. 

The festival culminated over two weeks ago on 3 November shortly after devotees offered arghya (obeisance) to the rising Sun God, At that time the authority's initiative to provide the temporary reservoirs in deference to the requirement of the people was well taken by one and all. But, the authority failed to restore the plot to its original position by levelling the ground dug up for for the reservoir. 

Raghav lamented that the authority had not even once bothered to look back at the reservoir even as the water in the reservoir was degrading and contaminating each passing day so much so that it became a health hazard for the all those residing in the aforementioned societies. 
Members of the welfare committee have taken up the issue with the concerned official and urged him to level the plot dug up for the reservoir. But rather than paying heed to their concerns he preferred to abide by the ban on digging and construction activities clamped by the authority in the wake of the spike in dust pollution. 

Raghav said that he approached the concerned junior engineer with a request to initiate requisite action for filling the temporary reservoir. But, he too did not pay attention to the problems they were going through. He said, ''We are forced to endure the foul smell coming from the contaminated water of the reservoir all the time. If the reservoir is not cleaned, it can be a cause for the outbreak of dengue in the area.''