Article courtesy of Kuhushboo Panjabi | May 12, 2015 | I’m in DNA | Shared as educational material
Residents of Khardev Nagar in Ghatla Village, Chembur have been falling ill after allegedly consuming contaminated water supplied by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Social activist Rajendra Nandgrekar, along with residents of the area will be submitting a sample of the water to the municipal laboratory to get it checked for any traces of contamination.
Nandgrekar said, “More than 15 cases of gastrointestinal problems, vomiting, and constipation have been reported from Khardev Nagar itself, in the last 20 days. At least one person has fallen ill in every household in the locality.”
Sonali Shinde, 20, was admitted in Shatabdi Hospital in Govandi along with her father Narendra Shinde, 45, after both were diagnosed with fever and gastrointestinal problems. Narendra Shinde said, “I was admitted into the hospital for four days and was recently discharged. My neighbour Renuka Chawla had also developed similar symptoms and was admitted into hospital.”Doctors from the hospital also said that most people admitted from Khardev Nagar and nearby Baiganwadi, Shivaji Nagar and Mankhurd showed symptoms of water-borne diseases.
Meanwhile, residents claim that the water supplied to them became contaminated after a leakage in the main pipeline. However, BMC officials are yet to look into the matter. Nandgrekar said, “The M/West ward officials will be given a letter on behalf of the residents to inspect the leakage in the water pipeline and test the water sample in the laboratory at the earliest.”