A month after the new Terminal 2 (T2) was officially inaugurated, a ‘minor’ mosquito problem faced by airport officials has become an increasing cause of trouble for the staff working in shifts round the clock, as well as for the passengers.

Itch generator: The Mithi river nullah near T2 is a breeding ground for the mosquitoes 

Pest problem
Mosquitoes at the airport have been troubling staffers to the point that some of them now carry electric bats to tackle the parasites. Speaking to mid-day, an airport official said, “Initially, the mosquitoes made it difficult for anyone to enter the medical inspection room. When we brought this to airport operator GVK’s notice, they arranged a team to spray insect repellent in the room, so that the medical team can at least sit there. However, the problem still persists in the arrival and departure level of the terminal.”

An officer from the ground staff remarked, “T2 has killer mosquitoes. The problem has become even more unbearable in the last one week. Some staff members carry electric rackets, fearing for their health. Officials have started fumigating the outdoors and the entrance and access areas, but the situation inside hasn’t improved much.”

Not only airport staff, but taxi drivers are also frustrated with the mosquitoes coming from the uncovered nullah in front of the terminal building. AL Quadros, general secretary of Mumbai Taximen’s Union, said, “The mosquitoes have become a cause of concern now. I will take up the issue with GVK to get the nullah covered right away. Otherwise, it won’t be long before people start falling sick.”

A watchman at Level 2 of the airport commented, “GVK has arranged for fumigation, but it has not been very effective. We are applying mosquito-repellent creams to protect ourselves.”

Other problems related to availability of trolleys, functioning washrooms and getting a taxi seem to have been sorted out. There are three prepaid taxis for passengers. Dustbins have been placed at Level 2. An official from the trolley department said that another 1,000 trolleys have been added to the existing 2,700. But the small font size and wrong information on signboards at Level 2 are still confusing passengers.