GUWAHATI, June 3 � Lack of timely action in repairing the boundary walls behind the Lokapriya GN Bordoloi TB Hospital has sparked fears of an epidemic in Birubari area of Guwahati. Discharge from the toilets of the TB Hospital directly falling on the Ram Krishna Mission (RKM) Road has made people wary about disease spreading in the area.
The RKM Road, an arterial road of the area, is plagued by many other problems including lack of drainage, potholes throughout its entire length and heaps of garbage lying here and there in the absence of dustbins.
The toilet discharge seeping continuously from the holes in the boundary walls behind the TB Hospital has made the condition more dangerous for the people. Due to the absence of any drain on that stretch of the road, the discharge accumulates on the main road, which has become a permanent problem for the area, irrespective of dry or rainy season.
The locals, who have contacted the hospital as well as the district administration authorities on this matter, alleged that no one paid any heed to the matter, despite the contagious nature of the disease as well as considerable instances of TB outbreak in Birubari-Rupnagar area.
�The matter needs immediate attention as water-logging is a perennial problem in the area and the hospital discharge, mixed with floodwater, spreads in the entire locality. Floodwater remains in the campuses of many houses for two-three days. We fear that if timely action is not taken, the area might witness the worst form of epidemic in the days to come,� said a local resident of the area.
The hospital superintendent as well as the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro) were contacted over the issue, but no action has yet been taken, alleged the residents.
�The hospital authorities assured us that the wall would be demolished and reconstructed, which was not done subsequently. We also want the authorities to increase the height of the hospital boundary wall, so that no waste products can be thrown on the RKM Road by the hospital staff,� they said.
Moreover, a transformer near the place where water accumulates on the roadside, has also exposed the area to another disaster.
�There was a provision for a main drain along the RKM Road up to Bharalu in a government scheme. However, the ground realities are just the opposite. The area, in the heart of the city, is a glaring example of administrative apathy,� alleged the locals.