Stag­nant wa­ter in seized ve­hi­cles at Vashi spreads dis­eases

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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