Dwarka at risk of vector borne diseases
Dwarka seems to be on the verge of an outburst of vector borne diseases as the area is surrounded by stagnant rain water.
The poor drainage system and the callous approach of the authorities have made the situation worse as stagnant water has become a place for breeding for mosquitoes.
In front of sector 14 Metro Station there is stagnation of water in storm water drains, where breeding of mosquitoes is common. People are afraid of fast spreading diseases like Dengue, Chikungunia and Malaria. Similar situation can be seen at many places in potholes, drains, roadside etc.
General Secretary of FORWAS (Federation of RWAs of Sector 9) MK Singh said, “Corporation should think on the subject seriously. Stagnant water should be treated with medicines as soon as possible.”
Recently during a check of larvae by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation officials it was found that there is breeding even in flower pots and rejected utensils lying inside premises and also in the water tanks and drains.
According to the officials they have fined people over carelessness. Malaria Inspector of Ward B, Dwarka, Rohtas Singh said that these days it only takes a week for a mosquito to hatch from eggs. “SDMC should carry a collective campaign on water stagnation at construction sites so that action could be taken,” said Advocate KS Bhati, president of Ganpati Apartments Sector 9.
There are about 50 DDA pockets in Dwarka, which are more vulnerable to vector borne diseases. The storm water drains inside the pockets are encroached, chocked and damaged which has caused permanent stagnation of water. Besides in almost all pockets there is rampant illegal construction. Mosquitoes breed in the pots or waste material dumped by the people in the premises.
Former Mayor and present Leader of House SDMC, Kamaljeet Sehrawat, who is also a resident of Sector 6, Dwarka said that the seriousness of the subject was in their concern and so the officials were already directed to keep a serious note on stagnation of water and breeding of mosquitoes. “Officials are spraying the medicine inside the societies and outside the societies as well. I have directed them not to take any chance. For other places I will ask them to take it into concern.”