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Monsoon will turn Allahabad into a vast mosquito-breeding center
Allahabad seems to be a bombarded city with most of its roads dug up, and these give a look of the trenches that were constructed during World War Two in several cities as shelters for civilians in case of Japanese bombing.

AND WHERE the roads have not been dug up in a big way, they have been badly mauled, battered and bruised by the extra and very heavy burden of the diverted vehicles that have been outraging their modesty beyond recognition. In short, the surviving roads are continuously being gang-raped by heavy vehicles diverted via these routes.

The suituation is that where the roads have not been dug up, there are deep pits and craters which have be come a nightmare for commuters, specially those on two wheelers, who have to suffer dangerous jerks that could even dislocate their bones, necessitating their instant shifting to hospitals where similar other victims could be standing in a long queue waiting for a doctor who might be playing the truant and performing an operation in a private nursing home.

Have the health authorities in the city ever bothered to realize that all the dug up roads, pits, and craters which they have allowed to flourish will get filled up with water in case there is a heavy downpour? These water-filled trenches or other potholes may become death-traps for passersby who may not be aware of their existence as nothing would be visible under a sheet of water.But when rain water recedes from the surface of the road, slowly though, through the semi- cleaned, silt-cleaned drains, the trenches will continue to retain the water as there would be no outlet for it.

And soon enough, these water-filled trenches in the entire city will turn into mosquito-breeding centers. Even before the rains could strike and several weeks ago, malaria cases in plenty were reported from the city; and hospital records conformed that too. Stray dengue cases were also reported. There were also reports aboutchildren suffering from brain fever (encephalitis), also caused by certain types of mosquitoes, but now, with the entire city turning into a vast mosquito-breeding centre one may not be wrong in apprehending that a deadly outbreak of these dreaded diseases on an epidemic scale may strike the city like lightning.

We were promised in 2011 that all sewer-laying work would be completed before the monsoon set in last year. The monsoon came and went but the work continued. After that digging operations were stepped up because of the Mahakumbh deadline. But nothing happened. Now these water-filled roads may turn into disease-infested thoroughfares. And it won't be surprising if some people may derisively and mockingly rename the some of the city roads as Malaria Road, Dengue Road or Malaria Basti, Dengue Basti. You might say that I am exaggerating the whole thing. But do the authorities ever listen to plain, simple advice or request? People should be careful because dug-up roads will store stagnated water for Dengue-Malaria carrier.

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