Open drains and dumping of garbage on vacant sites and the rising population of pigs, mosquitoes and street dogs raise stink in several residential colonies of P.M. Palem.
Despite the claim by GVMC to declare a war on vectors spreading various diseases, pig menace has assumed alarming proportions. Several representations to the authorities to tackle the problem have fallen deaf ears.
“Our apartment complex itself had reported four cases of dengue this season. There is a threat of Japanese Encephalitis spreading to the area as pigs are even venturing into residential areas,” pointed out J. Srikant, an engineer and resident of Anand Nagar.
Only a few ventures have underground drainage connections. Due to open drainage, mosquitoes are booming in numbers. Residents also want a special drive against stray dogs, which are making travelling in two-wheelers after sunset a nightmarish experience.
Pig rearing is continuing in the neighbourhood notwithstanding ban imposed by GVMC on its limits. Pigs do not need maintenance and the throwing of leftover food by hotels and eatery joints, waste stuff by shops selling meat, chicken and fish also encourage them to stray into various areas.
Stagnation of water at several places turn into breeding ground for mosquitoes. The incidence of malaria is also very high. Sanitary condition in the colonies will improve if the municipal corporation authorities pay attention to the problem caused by vectors spreading various diseases.
“The area can be transformed into a model colony due to its peaceful environment, green-capped hillocks and close proximity to highway if action is taken against menace caused by pigs, mosquitoes and dogs,” M.M. Patnaik, a retired telecom engineer, said.