Visakhapatnam

Stagnated drain water poses a health hazard

The open drainage at Radhakrishna Nagar in Visakhapatnam. - Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar

The open drainage at Radhakrishna Nagar in Visakhapatnam. - Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar  

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A ‘gedda’ that is at the entrance of Radhakrishna Nagar in Balayya Sastry Layout Extension catches one’s attention, not because it mars the beauty of the colony but because of its jumbled structure.

A number of houses were built altering the dimension of the ‘gedda’, leading to the restricted and uneven flow of water.

This apart, a few drains have been linked to a line behind Sai Eswar Nilayam (apartment). Owing to the lack of a concrete drainage system, this single sewage line overflows at the vacant site of the port stadium, abutting the colony.

This stretch of the area, filled with trees, weed, and stagnated drain water, will make one wince as herds of pigs roam around freely.

“The situation has not improved despite making several complaints. The stagnated drain water not only draws pigs but also affects our health. The problem can be solved if the port authorities channel the drainage system at their vacant site, which has now turned into a mini dump yard,” says P.S.N. Murthy, a retired pharmacist and a resident.

This apart, the residents say that snakes are posing a problem.

“I had a couple of bad experiences. Once a snake slithered onto my bike. In another instance, my neighbour saw a snake hiding behind my vehicle’s fuel tank. We have to keep a close watch to guard ourselves against these creatures and make sure that we don’t find a new companion hissing behind us while riding our bikes,” says Ajay Kumar Reddy, another resident.

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