Monsoon rains have been very generous with Delhi this year which is a good thing but there is a downside to this too, which is waterlogging, traffic jams and more serious the menace of Dengue mosquitoes that rains help breed.
Specially vulnerable is the Okhla area of Delhi where 238 people died because of Dengue last year. The situation seems to heading towards getting worse this year as waterlogging can be seen in the whole area, main reason being broken roads, rampant construction work going on all around, faulty drains and sewage disposal system.
If the situation is not corrected soon, this year will be worse than last as far as dengue menace is concerned, says Okhla activist Mohammad Pervez.
Mr Pervez says he has been trying continuously to get local authorities to pay attention to the problems of the area but in vain. For some time he has been trying to meet Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal so as to apprise him of the condition of the area and get much needed help for the prevention of diseases, but he is not being given an appointment with the CM. Rather getting one excuse of another from his assistant, he adds.
As a final attempt, now Mohammad Pervez has demanded that CM Kejriwal visit the area for a foot march so he can see the condition himself, with overflowing drains, waterlogged and broken roads and more. He has demanded that the chief minister of Delhi do this by 31st July, if not he will sit on a fast unto death in front of CM's residence on August 1.
As soon as the message was posted on social media yesterday, the activist started getting a lot of calls and messages from residents of the area as well as other activists and social workers offering their support in the campaign.
well, now the ball is in the court of Aam Aadmi Party government and all eyes are on CM Kejriwal waiting to see if he will visit the area to see its problems and take concrete action or will ignore once again.