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