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A view of a cesspool at Tapi Maistry Colony in Eluru.
A view of a cesspool at Tapi Maistry Colony in Eluru.

Staff Reporter

Residents in the colonies complain of poor sanitation

ELURU: The 29th division, mostly inhabited by slum-dwellers, seemingly draws no comfort of having city Mayor Tadigadapa Rama Rao as its corporator. Pigs and buffalos wallowing in the stinking drainage cesspools greet the visitors at the Tapimaistry Colony and Chandragupta Colony falling under the division. Mosquitoes breeding on the pond-like cesspools present an awful picture, holding out a threat of serious public health disorders. The division is deprived of drainage outlets, leading open sites to be the drainage cesspools. Pigs and stray dogs proved to be regular visitors for the residents.

Bandi Rajulamma, a victim of elephantiasis, throws tantrums on the authorities of the Municipal Corporation of Eluru while showing her swollen leg. “My leg looked like the one of an elephant following a mosquito bite some three months ago. I incurred over Rs. 7,000 for treatment,” Rajulamma, neglected by her children, bemoaned.

Viral fever, dog and mosquito bites have become an order of the day in the area, complains another woman while showing the location of a public tap nearby an open drainage channel.

She says four persons became victim of dog-bite in the Tapimaistry Colony alone within six months. “Whenever we complained about the menace of pigs, the MCE personnel do visit the area in the company of pig-rearers. The problem is obviously back to the square one after their exit from the area,” complain the residents.


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