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Rampant mosquito menace in areas along Musi river

Rampant mosquito menace in areas along Musi river
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Despite of all the claims of cleaning of Musi River by the Civic authorities, the localities on the banks of the river in Chaderghat continue to reel under the menace of mosquitoes. The entire surface of the river in the area is covered with water Hyacinth, affecting the nearby slums.

Chaderghat: Despite of all the claims of cleaning of Musi River by the Civic authorities, the localities on the banks of the river in Chaderghat continue to reel under the menace of mosquitoes. The entire surface of the river in the area is covered with water Hyacinth, affecting the nearby slums.

The residents of areas Musa Nagar, Rasulpur, Vinayaka Street Colony and the other nearby areas continue to suffer, as the stagnant water has turned into breeding ground for mosquitoes. "The GHMC has been spending huge money in cleaning the weed in lakes and rivers that turned into breeding grounds for mosquitoes, but these water bodies remain in the same condition", lamented Mohammed Sarwar, a resident.

Speaking to The Hans India, Sarwar said that the Hyderabad was built on the banks of River Musi, which once had fresh water and it was all due to the neglect of the consecutive governments that the sole river of the city has turned hazardous. "For the past several years the process of cleaning the river has been going on, but there appears to be no major difference.

The situation seems to be worsening by the day. At Chaderghat, the Musi River has become a dumping yard, and the entire surface of the river is filled with water Hyacinth," said Sarwar.

Sarwar also said that after lodging several complaints regarding the issue, the works were taken up, but no permanent solution was found. The GHMC workers who are responsible of cleaning the river are not up to the mark, as the weed is not completely eliminated, he added.

Shaik Yaseen, another resident said, "Due to the negligence of the officials, we are suffering a lot and the children in the areas are suffering from many diseases and have become victims of the official apathy. Apart from breeding mosquitoes, foul smell is also being emanated due to hot summer."

The residents requested the government for the cleaning of the river. While it has turned into unofficial garbage dump, sometimes the door-to-door garbage collectors are also seen dumping garbage in the river. "The officials just visit the river, but never interact with the locals. It is the duty of the officials to speak to locals and resolve their grievances," Yaseen said.

By MM Farooqui

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