The empty plots see little to no maintenance. There is an abundance of overgrowth of weed and unwanted plants. The recent spell of rain has led to large pools of stagnant water in the plot for many weeks on end.
“This is a huge issue. Not only on my street, but we have family living on adjoining streets in the area and they also complain about plots that are unused and are not maintained. We do not know who the owner is so there is not much we can do other than try to notify the authorities concerned,” said Adarsh, a resident of one of the houses adjoining the vacant plot.
The stagnant water poses health hazards and is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. It is particularly alarming for the residents in light of the dengue outbreak last year.
With a variety of potential diseases, addressing the stagnant pools of water must be made a priority.
Stray animals also take refuge in the bushes and outgrowth in the unmaintained plots. Children in the area are also prone to wandering into danger if they approach these plots. Risks of contracting diseases are high with the approaching rains.
“We have warned our kids not to play outside after sunset due to the mosquitoes. There are snakes in the area and they inhabit the bushes in the plot. It is unsafe and distressing for those who live here,” said Namrutha, a mother of two.
The plots have also seen an accumulation of garbage and its stink. This odour permeates the streets and affects the residents.
Strict action to prevent the spread of diseases must be taken by identifying the owners and ensuring that they maintain the plots with hygeine to prevent overgrowth and stagnation in the event of rain.
The safety of other residents must not be compromised.