Lack of hygiene and poor roads forced the residents of Ghansoli to come out on the streets and protest. Residents marched from Dagadu Chahu Patil Chawk to Ghansoli ward office on December 16 asking for better facilities.
Around 150 members, pretending to have diseases like malaria, dengue, fever and cold, participated in the rally. Residents said that the authorities had ignored the condition of the roads and the lack of hygiene for too long, which led them to getting sick.
Ill at ease
“The garbage is always lying in front of our society’s gate. This not only looks terrible but also endangers the health of our children,” said one of the protesters, requesting anonymity.
Another one chimed in and said, “My aged parents and kids keep falling ill owing to the open gutters, out of which sewage water keeps gushing out of. We are tired of requesting the authority to take action. Hence, we are taking out this protest,” said Ravi Patil, a member of the protest.
Members of the MNS were also part of the protest and joined children and others, singing about the dirty gutters.
“The locals are faced with many problems such as dirty water, no street lights and choked gutters. Several written complaints were also submitted to the ward officer but they have all gone unheeded.
Hence, we are carrying out this protest march to make our grievances heard,” said Gajanand Khapare, vice-president, MNS.
Confirming that they had received a letter from the protesters, AB Jadhav, ward officer, Ghansoli, said, “We received a letter from the protesters. We will look into the matter and take appropriate action.”