Stagnant sewage water raises health concerns

Stagnant sewage water raises health concerns

Children play beside a drain in Chikkamagaluru.

Stagnant sewage water in Shankarapura, Lakshmishanagara and Tippu Nagara has been drawing mosquitoes to the neighbourhood.

The residents are suffering from chikungunya and dengue. Residents allege that the mosquito menace has increased in the region while the stench is also causing inconvenience. 

Owing to a lack of cleanliness drives, the waste and weeds have been choking the drains. 

N J Madhu, who stays on a road situated in front of Deepa Nursing Home in the locality said, “CMC supplies water on alternate days. The water stinks. As there is no alternative, we purify the water and consume it. At least five people in the stretch including one in my house are suffering from chikungunya.” 

The rajakaluve in a few areas is situated adjacent to the houses. The dumping of materials such as plastic, old clothes, sandals, water bottles into the rajakaluve results in its choking.

“Sewage water flows in the rajakaluve. Many a time children accidentally fall into the rajakaluve while walking. The drains should be cleaned to ensure that water does not remain stagnant,” said Lakshmishanagara resident Revathi. 

Another resident C Muniswamy said, “The elected representatives visit us during the election. After the election, they do not even turn towards us. We have to keep the door closed always due to the stench from the drains. The residents have been suffering from fever and allergies.” 

CMC President Shilpa Rajashekar said, “The rajakaluve come under the Minor Irrigation Department. The problems faced by the residents have been brought to the notice of MLA C T Ravi.” 

“Three civic workers have been appointed for each ward. The CMC members should make use of their service in cleaning the drains,” she added.