Politicians may be busy renaming roads but the civic problems faced by citizens are far from on whom a road in their locality should be named. A report released by Praja Foundation revealed that the maximum number of citizen complaints received by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) over the past three years,are about poor drainage and waterlogging,followed by licence related issues. At the same time,the attendance of ward committee members (corporators) in 11 out of 24 wards is less than 70 per cent.
A ward-wise division of top civic issues showed drainage on top in 11 out of 24 wards while water supply topped in other 11 wards.
Surprisingly,road related complaints top the list in only one ward and second for two wards. Licence related problems,which include complaints about illegal hawkers and corruption in getting shop licences renewed,was the third most complained issue in 10 wards across the city.
In case of health,with 4,983 cases,diarrhoea is the top health related concern in 23 out of the 24 wards over the past three years.
With intensive malaria control programs undertaken by the BMC,over the past five years,complaints related to malaria have come down.
However,it continues to be the second most pertinent health issue in 11 wards. Hypertension is the second most pertinent issues in nine wards.
Each ward has three top issues that the citizens have been complaining about. The number of cases registered for diarrhoea and malaria at municipal dispensaries between April 2008 and March 2011 were recorded the highest,making them the most sensitive diseases in the city, said founder of Praja,Nitai Mehta.
A survey of over 27,000 people conducted by Praja indicated waterlogging and pollution as the biggest problems.
A performance assessment of the citys corporators carried out by the Praja foundation last year,on the basis of RTI applications filed between January 2008 and November 2009,showed renaming of roads raised at ward committee meetings. One-fifth of the questions asked by corporators related to renaming of roads and chowks. Of the 1,382 questions asked by corporators in ward committee meetings,258 were on renaming of roads.