Mohali: Stray animals hinder traffic on roads and streets of the city and create nuisance endangering the lives of commuters. Cattle and dogs roam freely on the roads in evenings and causing obstruction in the movement of vehicles. It is a common sight to see stray animals loitering around and even occupying the middle of the road. In the blinding glare of lights their roaming about on the busy city streets disrupts the traffic flow and often leads to minor jams. Many a time, cows are found locking horns in the middle of the roads,posing danger to the lives of commuters. The Mohali Municipal Corporation has no answer to this problem. This nuisance continues unabated where MC seems to be a failure to tackle it.
From time to time, the MC has been launching drives to catch stray animals, improving the situation a bit but when it turns careless, the problem again emerges, leading to an overall nil result Such drives are needed at regular frequency to get rid of the problem. A lot of accidents are caused by the stray cattle on the roads. ‘’The commuters expect that administration provides them basic amenities like smooth and cattle-free roads,” says Atul Sharma, rResident of Phase 2. It is pertinent to mention that there is also a ‘Gaushala’ in the city but that itself needs treatment because most of the cows there are dying due to lack of care.
On the other hand. MC officials say that they can send stray cattle to the ‘Gaushala’ as per the capacity of the ‘Gaushala’ only. In the absence of scarecity of space and care, the MC officials have expressed their helplessness over the cattle menace.As far as stray dogs are concerned, MC has completely failed to solve this problem. Due to lack of any strong policy, the Municipal Corporation has to release these dogs even if they catch them. The MC has so far been able to sterilised on an average 50 dogs per month. To identify the sterilised stray dogs, their ear or other visible body part is pierced for identification. MC officials says they are bound under law that they have to release the stray dogs after sterilising them at the same place from where they are caught. In a recent survey, the MC had estimated that there were 4,000 stray dogs within its limits.
At the civil hospital in Phase VI, around 10 to 15 dog-bite cases are reported every month. However, the number is likely to be higher many people don’t visit the civil hospital for treatment. Even last year, some residents had demanded construction of a kennel to tackle the problem but the MC has turned down the proposal as it feels the idea is not feasible.
Residents getting muddy water
Muddy water supply is major cause of concern in some phases of the city. Most of the residents facing this problem but the administration doesn’t consider this problem a problem. Residents in various parts of Mohali complained that they are getting contaminated water supply for the last few weeks which increased risks to various water-borne diseases. Low pressure water supply is another problem which residents are facing but muddy water coming from taps also creates a serious health issues for residents. People who are living in posh areas are health conscious and can afford water filters and RO systems at their homes, but those who cannot afford, are facing problems as well as they have to compromise with their health.VK Vaid, retired senior police officer of House No. 1468, Phase 3B2 Mohali showed muddy water to Daily Post correspondent.
He said that even after many complaints to the water supply officials, his problem is yet to be solved. According to residents, they have asked the Sanitation Department officials many times to resolve the problem, but the efforts have proved fruitless. They claimed that despite several complaints to the water works authorities, the latter had turned a deaf ear to their problems. “The problem was always there but it was not that much. Now the mud is clearly visible in water. The problem has worsened for the last few month,s especially in monsoon.” said advocate Pawan Sharma, resident of Phase 2 .Residents of Phase 10 said that earlier muddy water was never seen but now it’s nothing new for them as at least once in a week they face this problem.
On this issue Xen Harsatinder Pal Singh Dhillon said, “Yes, problem is there in some houses. People should approach us with proper addresses. In some cases, the water pipes are not cleanedfor the last 30 to 35 years. Whenever someone complained about muddy water to us, me and my team tried our best to resolve the issue. New projects and funds are yet to be approved. We are helpless in that manner,” he added.
825 dengue patients in Mohali district, the highest in Punjab
Total number of dengue cases in Mohali this season touched 825 till Tuesday, which is more than last year’s total of 544 cases. Every day, 25 to 30 cases are being reported in the district. According to officials of civil hospital Mohali, daily seven or eight cases are coming. Daily suspected patients number is more than 15.
Civil surgeon Mohali Dr Ranjir Kaur Guru said as many as 825 patients were found positive for dengue till Tuesday; they are being treated in various hospitals of the district. Even many other suspected patients are still undergoing treatment in a private hospital. The recent total numbers of deaths is six, confirmed by civil surgeon Mohali
According to the authorities, they are trying their best to cover the entire district, and all the MCs in the district have been instructed to fog the areas at least twice a day, besides maintaining a record of the same. “We have been fining local residents who fail to remove stagnant water from their coolers, pots, etc. Everyday, challans are being issued, and so far we have issued over in the town itself. We have also deployed 112 members to create awareness in schools and villages.” said Guru
Meanwhile, the Municipal Corporation has geared up to fight dengue by spraying pesticides to kill the virus. Scheduled fogging in various Phases and Sectors is going on. As many as 23 challans have been issued till date.
Law & Order Concern
Traffic chaos is common on the city roads as most of the time traffic lights don’t work and traffic policemen remain busy on phones while standing in corners. Maximum times it has been seen that traffic cops disappear along with traffic lights. On the other side, total 6486 CCTV cameras have been installed in Mohali district. As many as 3306 CCTV cameras have beene installed in Mohali city. But no cameras installation has been done at traffic lights in the ‘World Class City’. This project is not even in pipeline of the Police Department.
On illegal PGs: Total 62 cases have been registered till August 31, 2016. As many as56 cases were registered against fraud travel agents last year. This year till August 31 2016, 49 cases has been registered. Recently Mohali Police has added 26 Ertiga MUVs and eight motorcycles in their fleet. SSP Mohali Gurpreet Bhullar informed that for the area of phase-1 Police station, there are seven Ertiga and two motorcycles, For area of Mataur Police Station, seven Ertiga and one motorcycle have been added, For area of Phase-8 Police Station also seven Ertiga and one motorcycle have been given while for Phase-11 Police Station five Ertiga and one motorcycle been deployed and for Sohana Police Station four Ertiga and two motorcycles have been added.
Int’l airport open, AC bus stand ready public transport still a distant dream
As there is no public transport system in Mohali, the residents have to depend upon autorickshaws for their routine commuting. Since Mohali became district 10 years back, many politicians, bureaucrats and other competent authorities in their systems promised to provide dedicated public transport system in Mohali. Like other cities in Punjab, Mohali does not have any dedicated public transport system. On the one hand, Mohali has International Airport now and Punjab’s first fully air conditioned ISBT is ready for inauguration. But unfortunately, there is no public dedicated public transport system in the city
Due to lack of public transport system, the autorickshaws are taking full advantage of the situation. These auto-rickshaws have got a free run under the nose of transport authorities as well as traffic police. When it comes to traffic rules, it’s a free-for-all in Mohali. Particularly, the auto-rickshaws don’t care much for traffic and traffic rules. Leave aside Chandigarh, even situation is much better in Panchkula. There’s simply too much traffic with no rules and regulations being followed by theses auto-rickshaws. Most of the auto-rickshaws are ferrying passengers illegally without valid documents. Besides, reckless driving and abrupt stoppages by them in the middle of the roads cause accidents. There are only 60 pc autos registered whereas 40 pc are running without registration. Less than 5 p c auto drivers have commercial licences.
There are total 12247 autos registered in Mohali district.There are several busy points in the city where frequent small traffic jams are witnessed on regular basis due to these autos. While thousands of auto-rickshaws ply illegally on the city roads daily, the district authorities and traffic police only prefer to check papers of two-wheelers and four-wheelers only. The auto-rickshaw drivers stop their vehicle anywhere, creating chaos on the roads. In a bid to get passengers, they even take a halt in the middle of the roads, resulting in traffic jams and also mishaps sometimes. Besides, most of the auto-rickshaws carry passengers more than their capabilities. It poses threat to the lives of not only passengers but other commuters on the roads as well.
It has been observed that auto drivers violate the Motor Vehicles Act with impunity. Most of them do not carry valid documents. Besides, overloaded auto-rickshaws are driven by underage drivers, who care a little about the traffic norms.Residents are appealing to the authorities to take required action against these unauthorised autorickshaws so that people should not suffer from regular accidents and traffic snarls. Auto-rickshaws also have a major contribution in increasing pollution level in the city. Most of the autowalas in the city don’t even have full papers of their autos. They don’t even have the driving licences. Most of the auto drivers are minors. Minor accidents are caused by the autos sudden stops on road. There’s simply too much traffic with no rules and regulations being followed by theses autos.
District Transport Officer Karan Singh said, “Yes, there are some unregistered autos running on roads. We keep on checking them and bound them until they get registered.” He further said that they don’t have much staff to check the licences of auto drivers. They are depending on police for such work.
Fatal form of disease
Health experts informed that patients with dengue fever go on to develop dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), a severe and sometimes fatal form of the disease. It is around the time the fever begins to subside usually three to seven days after symptom’s onset.Warning signs include severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, marked change in temperature, hemorrhagic manifestations, or change in mental status (irritability, confusion, or obtundation). The patient also may have early signs of shock, including restlessness, cold clammy skin, rapid weak pulse, and narrowing of the pulse pressure (systolic blood pressure ? diastolic blood pressure). Patients with dengue fever should be told to return to the hospital if they develop any of these signs. If the condition gets critical, dengue can be life-threatening.
Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads the dengue virus in humans, lays its eggs in clean water, and rains can lead to water accumulation on roofs of houses and other places, which need to be drained by officials.
Doctors say that more than half of people infected with the virus remain asymptomatic, that is, they do not show any symptoms. The ones who do show signs of the disease may show any or all of the following:
Pain in joints
Nausea and vomiting
Loss in appetite
Drop in blood pressure
Swelling in hands and soles of feet
If the situation worsens, there can be a drop in the level of blood platelets, blood plasma leakage or the blood pressure can drop down to a critically low point which may lead to a circulatory collapse (shock).
As the dengue virus is mostly active during early morning and evening, special precautions should be taken during these times of the day. Tropical and sub-tropical areas are more prone to the disease, hence travelling from and to these regions should be avoided.
The following precautions can be adhered to in order to prevent the incidence of dengue:
Ensure improved water storage: ensure proper waste disposal; strictly avoid water stagnancy; use mosquito repellents containing 10 per cent DEET but ensure that you read the warning label on them carefully and avoid dark coloured clothing as mosquitoes are attracted to darker shades
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