‘Juina­gar rail­way colony is a mess’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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