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THREAT OF FALSEFERUM MALARIA AND DENGUE FORCES KOPERKHAIRANE RESIDENTS TAKE MATTERS IN THEIR OWN HANDS AS ADMINISTRATION IS IN DEEP SLUMBER

koperkhairane-malaria-3While CIDCO and NMMC continue to toss responsibilities on the other, residents of Sector 17, Koperkhairane have given up hope and decided to take matters in their own hands. The area reels under the most unhygienic conditions and all sort of related diseases is the order of living here. The latest threat however being malaria and dengue. Two dengue patients residing at Sector 17, Koperkhairane lost the battle with death in the last one month. As for malaria, records at local clinics show that daily four to five cases of malaria are registered. Hence, the area’s Dharmveer Anand Dighe Mitra Mandal undertook fogging and spraying in their neighbourhood. The process was commenced under the supervision of NMMC Water Supply Dept. Chairman Keshav Mhatre. One of the front runners of this activity Amarjeet Singh Kocher spoke to Navi Mumbai News. Residents who spoke to Navi Mumbai News said that the number cases of malaria are so high that it can be declared an epidemic. The main reason for the spread of these deadly diseases is the highly unhygienic conditions prevailing in this sector here. While NMMC is not taking any steps to control mosquito menace here, CIDCO built chawls have aggravated the situation. A visit reveals several a shocking scenario. While major chawl area has been infiltrated by illegal hutments, the other empty chawls are reeling under dirty and filthy conditions. The people living in these illegal hutments did not hesitate in revealing to our Correspondent that they pay CIDCO’s watchman Rs. 100 each month to live here for the last several years. Who will be accountable for the health and social problems that will arise in the coming years due to these illegal encroachment that has gone unchecked for allegedly few hundred rupees that CIDCO watchman is making from here each month? When Navi Mumbai News put forth the same question to Keshav Mhatre and KK Ward Officer Gaikar, both refused to comment on camera.

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