Residents raise a stink over open drainage
An open drainage next to Kotak Kunj building in the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan lane, Chowpatty, has created a fear among residents about the possibility of malaria or dengue outbreak. “Stagnant water near the drainage is a breeding spot for mosquitoes. We live in the fear of getting affected by malaria or dengue,” a resident said.
The ground-plus-three-floor building houses about 50 residents. The drainage has been left uncovered at a construction site adjacent to the 40-year-old structure. “My six-month-old son already has mosquito bites all over his body. We try and keep the windows closed, but we can’t live in a closed environment all the time,” said another resident.
“I have been living in this building for 42 years, but never have I seen people litter here. Now, there is an open drainage where water accumulates and it emanates foul odour,” a resident said.
They have also been complaining of lack of safety measures adopted at a construction site in the vicinity. Residents said work at the site was initiated four years back and stopped temporarily. “They resumed work around nine months ago. The workers at the site don’t use any safety harness,” another resident said.
Corporator Surendra R Bagalkar said, “I have been busy for the past few days, but I have heard of the situation and I will look into the matter soon.”
Stray cattle cause gridlock on New Link Road
Motorists taking the New Link Road that connects the western suburbs of Malad to Dahisar have been complaining of gridlocks. But, unlike citizens complaining of narrow roads and potholes, their problem is a peculiar one. Cows on the road for hours is one of the main reasons for disruption of the flow of vehicular traffic.
“During peak hours of traffic, cattle pose a major problem. From Malad till Poisar, the 7-km stretch on the arterial New Link Road, traffic is held up because of the unrestricted movement of cattle. It is just a 15-minute journey, but it takes us double the time,” said Priyanka Mehta, a resident of Shimpoli, Borivali (west), who takes the road to her Malad office.
Shiv Sena corporator Shrikant Kavthankar said,”I have regularly taken up the issue with the BMC as it affects traffic greatly. At any time of the day, there are at least eight cattle on the road. This makes it pointless to undertake reconstruction or repair of roads as the