Mangaluru: There has been steady number of patients visiting government and private hospitals in the district over the last few months with fever and other problems. “Dengue is quite widespread. People need not panic. Infected people need to take complete rest and follow the guidelines as prescribed by the Centre,” has said physician Shrinivas Kakkilaya, who has been attending to a number of suspected cases. But why can’t MCC take extra measures to see that no garbage is left rotten for days, allow stagnant water to remain for months etc etc which give scope for mosquito breeding, thereby result in spreading of Malaria, Dengue and other related diseases.
Dengue virus was being transmitted from one infected person to the other by the bite of the female Aedes mosquito that breeds in fresh water deposits outside the house. Dengue virus will be confirmed if antibodies are found by the ELISA test done by the government laboratory and two laboratories of private hospitals. Antibodies are detected on examination of serum after five days of infection. Taking serious note of continuing reports on dengue deaths in Dakshina Kannada, department of health and family welfare have designated rapid response teams at the district, taluk and primary health centre levels. But more need to be done to eradicate the mosquito menace that’s been haunting Mangaluru and DK, and where cases of Malaria, Dengue etc are still reported.
While many citizens have complained to the concerned authorities to control these diseases by keeping the city clean, but the results have been very poor. For that matter one citizen by the name of Sunil RJ Gonsalves residing on Arya Samaj Road has taken this issue very seriously, and has gone forward in sending his complaint along with pictures to DC to the needful in taking action to clear the mess around his house done by his neighbour, which may lead to spread diseases like Dengue, Malaria, Filaria etc. But until no MCC officials have come and inspected the spot nor any action has been taken, says Gonsalves.
The copy of the letter addressed to Dc by Sunil Gonsalves states as follows:
The Deputy Commissioner & District Magistrate
Office of the Deputy Commissioner-D.K. District
Near Hamilton Complex-Mangalore – 575001
Sub: Seepage of Sewage fromIllegal Construction
Ref: My Complaints dated 17/04/2013, 27/04/2013, 14/01/2014, 16/03/2015, 16/04/2015 – Your endorsement dated EDS/MUN(4)/Others/CR/295/14-15 C. NO: 152547 dated 31.03.2015
I, Sunil R.J. Gonsalves, Chartered Accountant and Resident of 15-6-268/2, ‘Symphony’, Arya Samaj Road, Next to Oasis Apartments, Balmatta, Mangalore – 575003 wish to bring to your kind attention with pictures that are attached herewith that inspite of your above endorsement no action has been taken either by the Mangalore City Corporation, The Health department or the Town Planning Department and the owner has now completed the re-construction on the compound wall.
The brief facts of the complaint are reproduced here in below for the sake of convenience :
The Basement Floor of Oasis Apartments, which is adjacent to our residential House has been illegally converted into a dwelling place, without the approval of the Mangalore urban Development Authority or the Mangalore City Corporation. While the blueprint of the apartment Complex as well as the approved and sanctioned floor plan shows this area to be a Parking Space / Godown, the Promoters of the complex have converted the same into an apartment.
Further the said Godown / apartment has been extended beyond the sanctioned floor area / Plinth area of the building, such that, the walls of the basement apartment are at a distance of less than 6 inches from the compound wall separating the two properties.
Since the structure originally was intended to be a godown with no human habitation, it appears a leach pit was constructed for the disposal of the sewage pertaining to the said structure. However at the time of conversion into apartments, the leach pits appear to have been relocated, not properly constructed due to which the sewage water consisting of human waste, excreta with a nauseating odour is flowing into our compound thorugh the compound wall posing a risk of Malaria, Dengue, and such other diseases.
I have at several times complained to the Corporation through the PGR helpdesk. However it is regrettable that no action has been taken till date even though the complaints were filed as early as in April 2013 and July 2013. The Complaint Numbers are: Complaint Numbers: GOV/KN/E/2014/00003, GOV/KN/E/2014/00002, PGR Complaint Numbers: 361GPB, 685HLA , 591QFA,
Since there are two Infants One of 1 years and 3 months and another 3 month old baby in our house who are at risk, I humbly request you to take such action as you deem fit under the law, such as sealing of the premises as has been done in the case of a Hotel in Puttur for letting sewage flow on the roads which was widely reported in the news papers recently.
Thanking you in anticipation
CA. Sunil R.J. Gonsalves
1. The Commissioner-Mangalore City Corporation
Lalbagh-Mangalore – 575003
2. The Health Officer-Mangalore City Corporation
Lalbagh-Mangalore – 575003
3. Sri. J. R. Lobo-Member of Legislative Assembly
City Corporation Complex-Mangaluru
4. . Sri A.C. Vinayraj-Advocate