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Potholed roads, overflowing sewers, dengue deaths: CM Kejriwal to face Okhla residents' ire today over neglect of the area

Last year 238 people died from Dengue in Okhla area of Delhi and more than 1000 fell ill. This year, already a 12-year-old girl has died from Malaria and potholed roads filled with water, overflowing sewers and filth all around in the area are an indication of worse situation awaiting this year.

Residents are disillusioned and angry with the government and its representatives for not bothering to even hear let alone do something about their problems.

In the photograph here, which was taken in R - Block, gali no. 8, Jogabai Extn, behind Hari Masjid, Jamia Nagar, by a resident, you can see a lot of stagnant water which is set to become breeding ground for mosquitoes that may cause diseases like dengue.

Overflowing sewers and manholes are a common sight in the area. There are two primary schools nearby. The situation is precariously dangerous for children. Residents have made many complaints but there's no response from any concerned authorities or government and its representatives.

In the backdrop of all this resentment over neglect of the area, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is set to visit today in connection with an inauguration of a transformer in Joga Bai locality.

Many residents are planning to voice their disapproval when the CM arrives today and joining them will be social activists and members of Owaisi's MIM who may show black flags to the CM to register their protest.

In fact area activist Mohammad Pervez has even given an application to the CM asking him to visit the area and do a foot march to see the pathetic condition first hand before July 31. In case the CM fails to do so , the activist along with many others plan to sit on a fast unto death in front of CM's residence from August 1.

Well, it appears the time is now for the "People's CM" to get on the ground and take some concrete steps before its too late.