KOLKATA: Stagnant water at decorative fountains has triggered dengue panic in Salt Lake and surrounding areas falling under Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC), where more than 750 people have been affected by dengue since January this year.
There are decorative fountains near Salt Lake stadium, in front of Central Park and at some blocks of the township. But locals alleged that most of them were not working and that stagnant water at the fountains was yet to be cleared.
There needs to be far more vigilance. The disease has already claimed several lives and we cannot afford to be so careless.
Morning and evening walkers said that the fountain located at the canal side park at AA Block in Salt Lake has turned into a breeding ground for mosquito. Stagnant water was also found at the fountain located on the pavement in front of Central Park.
Civic authorities claimed that they were regularly monitoring the condition of the water fountains. “We are spraying at the fountains that are not functioning. The civic workers have been instructed to remove the fountains that have been lying defunct for a long time,” said an official.
Dengue fear has gripped the residents to such an extent that many of them have started keeping their windows and doors shut throughout the day. “We keep our windows shut for most of the time because of mosquitoes,” said Sakhadeep Roy Chowdhury, a resident of AE Block who has two children, one of whom has suffered dengue a few years back.
According to civic records, there has been a sudden spurt in dengue cases in the corporation area with about 400 getting affected in October alone. The most affected part is Baguiati and its surrounding areas of Aswininagar, Raghunathpur and Tegharia.
At Aswininagar area, a woman police constable died of dengue last Wednesday. Authorities set up a medical camp in the locality on Friday to take stock of the situation and find out how many are suffering from the vector-borne disease.
“Our workers are visiting all the wards and taking all necessary steps. We are spraying larvicide, sprinkling bleaching powder and making door-to-door visits to check if anybody is suffering from the fever. We are conducting awareness drives but are still finding stagnant water at many houses. Residents should be more alert,” said Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation MMIC (health) Pranay Kumar Roy.