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Malaria menace adds to the woes of Prem Nagar

DANGER AHEAD: The drain in Prem Nagar near Banjara hIlls, which was opened three months ago, is in the same position even now. - Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

DANGER AHEAD: The drain in Prem Nagar near Banjara hIlls, which was opened three months ago, is in the same position even now. - Photo: Mohd. Yousuf  

Severe mosquito problem; use of repellents is of no use: residents

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Inordinate delay in completion of storm water drain works by the baldiya authorities in Prem Nagar colony in Panjagutta ward is making life miserable and extremely unhealthy for residents. The filthy greyish bubbles on stagnant water in the open drain, with empty food packets and vegetable leftovers thrown in, make it an ideal place for mosquitoes to wreak havoc.

Already, many residents have contracted fever after bouts of shivering and vomiting. E. Prakash Kumar, a retired government employee, whose home overlooks the open drain, has just returned from hospital after being admitted for malarial fever. "My daughter has also fallen ill," he rues. Inside, his daughter, E.Padmini, a student of Chaitnya College, lies in fever.

Hyat Bi, his neighbour, has two children aged ten and seven, down with fever and vomiting. "At night there are so many mosquitoes, even if we use repellents they are of no use," they say in anguish. "Medical bills are eating us up."

Accident-prone

"Awful smell in this area makes us sick and we eat only once," complains one resident.

"How long will we keep our doors closed," asks K.Sathish, who works for HDFC Bank.

The incomplete works and dug-up stretch has made the locality an accident-prone area too. "People new to the place who come here at night will surely fall in the drain," he cautions.

This drain, 72 metres in length and 1.75 metres in width, with a depth of 1.3 metres has been dug up to construct storm water drains in the area under the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad work order. While the intent is good, the intermittent pace of work, drawn over three months, has made surroundings unhygienic and unsafe

M. Basha Khan, the contractor, says that the work will take another 10 -15 days for completion.

While residents' hope for an early relief, the president of Basti Panchayat Committee, Krishna R, warns that the MCH must ensure that the one-foot mud that has accumulated in the drain due to rain should be removed before closing it, otherwise the whole exercise will go in vain.

The Chief Engineer, MCH, Dhan Singh, says, "Work will be completed within 10 days."

About accumulation of mud in the drains he adds, " I will ask to remove it immediately."

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