‘Juinagar railway colony is a mess’
JUINAGAR: The health of railway personnel and their families living in railway colony at Juinagar is at risk. A hospital in the colony for railway staffers has been shut for long. Open gutters, waterlogging issues and littered garbage are leading to health concerns in Juinagar. The residents allege the railways has neglected the colony and failed to maintain it.
The railway colony at sector 22 is considered the dirtiest of the colonies in the node. The Central Railway had construction the colony for its employees in 1995.
“Open gutters have become a breeding spot for mosquitoes. Garbage is dumped in the dilapidated and incomplete buildings. This leads to a strong stench in the area,” said a resident, requesting anonymity.
Residents said children have been falling prey to diseases due to the unhygienic conditions. The railways opened a 20- bed hospital at the colony in 1998 but shut soon after. A resident said, “A doctor visits the hospital sometimes but residents prefer to go to a private clinic.”
On April 1, a woman injured her leg after falling in a septic tank. There was not even first aid at the hospital.
Mahesh Asarpota, a resident of Juinagar, said: “If the railways do not act soon, the residents will hold a massive morcha.”
Railway officials said they would look into the issue and that all steps were being taken to maintain hygiene.
Juinagar’s railway colony has turned into a dump yard.