People in Ayodhya Nagar and other areas have been facing the problem
The pig menace is giving sleepless nights to the residents of Ayodhya Nagar and nearby areas in the city. The people fear that viral fevers will spread if the pig menace is not controlled. The officials, however, say that the problem has not come to their notice.
The residents of Ayodhya Nagar and other areas lament that the corporation is not responding to the complaints lodged with it. They worry that pigsties in residential areas have wider ramifications, and would cause spread of viral fevers.
The problem is witnessed in the areas like NTR Colony, UDA Colony, Bharati Nagar, and Vijayanagar Colony. The officials claim that they drove out pig rearers from NTR Colony and other areas immediately after receiving complaints.
The problem, however, continue to pester residents of Ayodhya Nagar and nearby localities. When contacted, Veterinary Assistant Surgeon (VAS) Z. Srinivasa Rao has said that they received complaints from Rajiv Nagar and other aeras, and the problem has been addressed to. The pig menace in Ayodhya Nagar will be solved immediately, he says. The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) serves notices just before advent of monsoon on the pig rearers asking them to move their animals out of residential areas.
Owing to absence of continuous monitoring on pigsties, the pig rearers come back to residential areas. They let loose their pigs in the areas that are covered with wild bushes.
The corporation long ago identified that most of those rearing pigs are living in Yenamalakuduru, Bhavanipuram and Vidyadharapuram areas. However, no stringent action has been taken against the pig rearers.
The VMC claims of pig-free city have not taken a shape as the problem spread to other areas as well.
The VMC officials, on and off, announce that they will shoot down or send the pigs out of the city limits in view of public health.
The corporation made tall claims that the city will be pig-free in future.