Stagnant water in seized vehicles at Vashi spreads diseases
The plot where the seized vehicles are dumped in Vashi has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
The vehicles seized by the deputy RTO office of Vashi have been parked at the plot adjacent to the spice market of APMC.
With the onset of the monsoon, the vehicles have been filled with water leading to them become perfect breeding grounds for mosquitos.
Locals fear the spread of diseases such as dengue and malaria. While the RTO is doing nothing about it, NMMC too has failed to take any action.
The RTO office functions from the rented premises in the grain market of APMC. The RTO often seizes old autorickshaws and vehicles that violate norms.
Since, the RTO does not have a place of its own to park the vehicles, it has taken a plot temporarily from Cidco under the high-tension wires.
The plot is located between the spice market and the central facility building of APMC. Vehicles have been parked there for years and the number keeps rising. With little space left to park the vehicles, they are being piled one on the other. The plot has turned into a dumping ground.
Harish Dedhia, a local trader, said: “Due to the rains, water has started to collect in the vehicles. This has led to the spread of diseases in the area.”
He added, “Many traders and workers and those working in central facility building working in the lane of spices market have been falling sick.”
Traders have decided to complain to the health department of the NMMC.
Mangesh Vora, another trader, said: “We demand that the area be checked and if mosquitoes and their larvae are found here, then action should be taken against those responsible.”
He added, “The vehicles dumped here should be auctioned to prevent waterlogging.”
RTO and NMMC officials said they are looking into the issue.