|August 30, 2013 at 7:52 pm #4598|
Residents of Khandepar in Curti-Khandepar Panchayat have complained to the health minister about the panchayat’s inability to dispose garbage in the village.
In a two-page letter, about 79 residents from Khandepar have been stated that uncollected waste has affected the health of residents and there is a possibility of an epidemic, if timely action is not taken by authorities. They also stated that water-logging has been reported in various areas that has provided breeding ground for mosquitoes.
When contacted, Community Health Centre (CHC) Ponda Health Officer Dr Nutan Dev said two cases of dengue were reported in June and necessary action was taken.
“There were two cases of dengue in Khandepar in June and precautionary measures were taken. Awareness drives were organised and people were informed of the safety measures to be taken, especially during rains. After June, there were no cases of dengue at Khandepar,” Dr Dev told Herald.
In the absence of a proper site, the panchayat is struggling to dispose garbage and according to Sarpanch Deepa Naik, a contractor will be appointed shortly to collect the garbage.
It may be recalled that the garbage contractor a year ago quit the garbage disposal site in the village following opposition from the villagers. Since then, the panchayat started to manage garbage collection and disposal, however since the last couple of months, the panchayat is facing difficulty to manage garbage.
“Curti and Haveli are the two places where there is problem of garbage collection and disposal. We have already floated tenders and the contractor will be appointed probably by early next week. In the tender, we have put a condition that the contractor has to also identify the site for disposal,” said Naik.
Source/Reference: Herald, “Curti locals approach minister over garbage“