New Pan­vel gar­den a breed­ing ground for mos­qui­toes

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - Navi Mumbai - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A month af­ter the grand bhoomipu­jan of a gar­den at New Pan­vel by Cidco, the plot lies ne­glected and poorly main­tained.

Stag­nated wa­ter in t he de­funct foun­tain and garbage filled drains have led to breed­ing of mos­qui­toes — hardly an ideal place for res­i­dents and chil­dren to spend time.

The gar­den de­vel­op­ment had been launched by mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Shri­ran Barne in the pres­ence of Cidco man­ag­ing di­rec­tor San­jay Bha­tia, as part of the South Navi Mum­bai smart city pro­ject.

Amit No­hwar, a res­i­dent, said that the gar­den has a foun­tain which the con­trac­tor en­sured was work­ing dur­ing the launch­ing of the de­vel­op­ment work.

“How­ever, once the VIPs left, it was shut. Not only has the foun­tain not been func­tional since then, the wa­ter that ac­cu­mu­lated in it too has not been drained,” said No­hwar.

Res­i­dents fear the ap­a­thy might re­sult in health is­sues.

Ravin­dra Vaidya, an­other res­i­dent, said: “The foun­tain has be­come a breed­ing ground for mosquitos and there is also a strong stench em­a­nat­ing from it. The res­i­dents here are fac­ing a ma­jor health haz­ard.”

He added, “There is a fear of malaria, dengue and other such dis­eases spread­ing in the area.”

No­hwar said the un­der-con­struc­tion drainage sys­tem has stag­nated wa­ter at sev­eral places, which has be­come a breed­ing ground for mos­qui­toes.

No­hwar said, “It is iron­i­cal that Cidco has been putting ban­ners, ask­ing res­i­dents not to al­low wa­ter to stag­nate in flats and build­ings.”

He said that the area is in­fested with mosquitos, par­tic­u­larly in the build­ings close to the gar­den. “The rea­son is that vec­tor con­trol at the source is not hap­pen­ing as is en­vis­aged in the vi­sion doc­u­ment for malaria elim­i­na­tion by the union min­istry,” he said.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor Bachchu Kadu said: “I was not aware of the sit­u­a­tion. Cidco has been act­ing in an ad hoc man­ner with even the in­au­gu­ra­tion tak­ing place all of a sud­den with­out any proper in­struc­tions to the con­trac­tors and lo­cal of­fi­cials.”

He added, “I will look into the is­sue and in­spect the area. I will take up the mat­ter with Cidco and the con­trac­tor and en­sure that the wa­ter is drained out.”

Sud­hakar Visale, Cidco’s New Pan­vel ad­min­is­tra­tor, as­sured the res­i­dents of ac­tion.

He said: “I will send the en­gi­neer to the gar­den and en­sure that im­me­di­ate ac­tion is taken. The con­trac­tor will be in­structed ac­cord­ingly.”

He added, “We will in­quire why wa­ter was al­lowed to stag­nate in the first place. Strict ac­tion will be taken.”

LO­CAL COUN­CIL­LOR SAID HE WOULD TAKE UP THE MAT­TER WITH CIDCO AND EN­SURE THAT STAG­NANT WA­TER IS DRAINED OUT

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

This is what is left of a foun­tain at the gar­den at Sec­tor 16 in New Pan­vel, a month af­ter its in­au­gu­ra­tion.

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