Mysuru: The viral fever scare is there in the air all the time in city. Added to this, is the way the cleanliness is maintained. All one has to do is look at the open drain in Gokulam and one understands why the residents of the area are living in fear about the spread of viral diseases.
Once there is thick growth of vegetation, then it becomes the breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies. This is the scene near the Gokulam crematorium close to Gokulam Contour Road. The wild growth of grass and shrubs has hindered the flow of sewage water and as a result, the whole place stinks.
There is a Pourakarmikas colony located close to the drainage and the residents here throw the waste, blocking the sewage water. A few months ago, it was cleaned. However, the problem has risen again.
Though the Corporation staff had sprayed chemicals to prevent breeding of mosquitoes and flies, it has not helped, complain the residents.
If it rains heavily, then the water flows smoothly and for a day or two, there is relief from the mosquitoes and foul smell. But, it again becomes unbearable and chances of fever spreading increases. At least now, the Corporation authorities should take steps to see that the drains are cleaned regularly and most importantly, it should be closed using slabs, said a government official, who wished to remain anonymous.