Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) attempts to curb the growth of weeds through fumigation on the bank of the lake and anti-larvae spray at the centre of the water body via drones had weak results.
Residents said the accumulation of rainwater at various spots has added to the increase in mosquitoes in the area. Ganesh Kamle, a resident of the area, said, “The mosquito problem has gone beyond just causing inconvenience. We are forced to keep the doors and windows shut even during the day.”
Kamle said rainwater has accumulated in several pockets, which have become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
“It has become a serious concern as a few residents of my building were infected with malaria,” he added.
Manisha Pillai, another resident, said, “I have tried many brands of mosquito repellents available in the market, but nothing seems to work. After sundown, I burn coils, switch on the diffuser and use the spray, too, just for some relief.”
She added, “Water accumulated is infested with larvae. It has become unbearable to live, especially on the lower floors of buildings.”
“Children can’t go to the play area in our society because of the mosquitoes. Earlier, I used to send them to play after applying mosquito repellent cream, but now there has been an increase in the number of mosquitoes, and they come back home with bites all over their body,” Jyoti Pawar, a mother of two, said. Pawar lives within a km of the lake.
PMC health officer Dr Bhagwan Pawar said, “We will take up the issue with the Katraj ward office to provide relief through frequent fumigation. We will send a team this week to address it.”