Even as the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is working overtime to contain mosquito-breeding, a 15-km long stretch of either side of the railway tract from Vatva to Sabarmati with wild vegetation and rainwater puddles continues to escape attention of the authorities.
As many 12 cases of dengue have been brought to the divisional railway hospital at Sabarmati over the last two months from various railway colonies on this tract, admit hospital authorities. According to H S Pal, divisional secretary of Western Railway Employees’ Union (WREU), all three members of the family of a ticket checker have been afflicted by dengue and currently admitted in the Sabarmati Railway Hospital. The family lives in Rajpur railway colony near Kankaria.
“The condition of other colonies due to wild vegetation has become worse and when it is brought to notice of the authorities either through PNM (permanent negotiation mechanism) or individually evasive replies are given to applicants,” said Sanjay Suryabali, organising secretary of WREU and added that it was worst in Vatva for lack of a drainage line.
Dr Bhavin Solanki, Medical Officer of AMC, said when a complaint about mosquito-breeding would be received from public in railway areas, “We inform the railway authorities about it and offer our help to control mosquito-breeding. We have already informed the Kalupur railway station authorities for taking steps to control mosquito menace.”
Ahmedabad division public relations officer Pradeep Sharma claimed that maintenance of railway lands and property on it was the responsibility of the engineering department of the railways. “We do the periodic maintenance of lands and remove vegetation on railway land along the tracks in the routine on a regular basis,” Sharma said.