The situation is particularly bad in the lanes adjoining TB Hospital, where stray cattle in the congested streets are a common sight

A perennial issue that plagues China Waltair is the lack of a cattle-shed and big open canals, which have become dump yards.

The situation is particularly bad in the lanes adjoining the TB Hospital, where stray cattle in the congested streets are a common sight. “Ten years ago, the residents had sought allotment of a separate shelter for cattle behind the VUDA Park. But nothing has been done about it,” complains K.T.S. Prakash, a resident. The stench emanating from the area has become a major problem. To make things worse, the adjoining open canal has turned into a breeding ground for mosquitoes. “We have time and again brought the issue to the notice of the authorities, but nothing has changed till now. Unless a separate cattle-shed is provided, the menace will continue and lead to many health problems,” says Prakash. Residents also complain that the time of water supply has reduced due to the growth in apartments in the locality. “About five to six years ago, we used to get at least two hours of drinking water. Now, it is hardly there for half an hour. After apartments came up, the same one-inch water pipeline is extended to the new residents, and thus we have to manage with limited water,” rues K. Mohan Rao, secretary of China Waltair Colony Residents’ Welfare Association.

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