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Updated: October 29, 2012 11:50 IST

Mosquitoes thrive on margins of dug-up roads

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Despite the dry spell, Burkit Road has become a haunt for mosquitoes — Photo: M. Vedhan
Despite the dry spell, Burkit Road has become a haunt for mosquitoes — Photo: M. Vedhan

As the mosquito menace mounts, residents are worried about water stagnation beside roads dug up by service agencies recently.

Even though road cuts are not being permitted by the Chennai Corporation after onset of this monsoon, many roads are yet to be re-laid properly after digging of roads by service agencies.

A few residents of Ayanavaram, pointing to the death of Abu Thahir, a resident of Fifth Street Extension of Pananthopu Railway Colony, due of fever on Saturday, claimed incomplete works by civic agencies were contributing to rise in mosquito density. “We voted in the Corporation council elections. But our councillor seems unable to help us because we are residents of this colony,” said C. Krisnamoorty, secretary of the residents’ association in the area.

Other residents blamed incomplete civic works around the Ayanavaram bus terminus for increase in density of mosquitoes

Even after a dry spell after the onset of monsoon, Burkit Road in T. Nagar is a mosquito breeding source on road margin because of the incomplete work after a road cut.

“We are unable to tolerate the mosquito menace. It has worsened now. A large number of people use this road and most of them will be bitten by mosquitoes that breed here. No action has been taken to solve the problem so far,” said Chitra, a vendor on Burkit road.

“The Corporation should identify all such spots where water stagnation continues even days after rains. This may help them take remedial action in a more effective manner,” said Akhilan, a shopkeeper on Burkit Road.

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