Hyderabad: A huge pit of more than two acres had been dug by Sree Srinivasa Constructions several months ago which got filled with rain water during the monsoons. This water has been stagnating for a while now, increasing the mosquito menace in the locality and causing distress to the residents.
The site is near the main road at Banjara Hills. Residents in the locality are facing huge mosquito menace because of the pit, as the pit is serving as a breeding ground for all kinds of insects, especially mosquitoes.
Being a rocky area, water is not able to seep in through the land, said Dr Manish, who resides just besides the construction site and his family is one of the most affected by the mosquito menace. He added, “The site has been left to its fate since the last seven months. In the rainy season water filled the pit and it looks like a huge pond now, except that it houses stagnant water and mosquito larvae. As the pit is too deep, the water is not evaporating either. People are falling sick because of the increased mosquito bites.”
Another resident, Mr N. Raja Rao mentioned that earlier the locality did not face any mosquito problem but ever since the pond was created in their neighbourhood, they were facing all these new problems.
“It’s also becoming difficult to sit in the balcony and for children to play in the playground in the evenings,” he added. When contacted, the Sree Srinivasa Construction representative mentioned that the pit was dug for the feasibility of the construction. “The construction will start within three months and meanwhile we will work on draining the water out,” he said.
Residents also mentioned that as the entire construction site has been covered with blue asbestos sheet, the water accumulation was not noticed for many days; only people residing on higher floors in the neighbouring apartment knew about this. Only when the mosquito menace increased did everybody gradually started noticing it.