BHOPAL: The lone ashram meant for patients suffering from leprosy is no exception when it comes to failure of the municipal authorities to maintain cleanliness in area surrounding it. The choked nullah is posing serious health threat to the inmates and people residing in the area.
As many as 55 persons suffering from leprosy resides in Mahatma Gandhi Kushth ashram that is being run in the area for over thirty years. The ashram lies near the airport where the BMC is also developing a park and had recently installed a decommissioned fighter plane of Indian Air Force (IAF).
The nullah, which runs along the front portion of the ashram, is filled with filth and plastic waste, but the civic authorities have failed to take note of it. The inmates of ashram are battling with the foul smell emanating from a nullah adjoining its premises. While the sight of garbage filled nullah is repelling, the stench emanating from the decomposed waste is hard to bear.
The waste in the nullah is stuck as the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has failed to developed proper drainage in the area. Ashram in-charge Khairun Nisha said that municipal authorities have failed to develop a proper drainage system in adjoining Gandhi Nagar area so the waste is getting collected the nullah.
The open nullah has become a health hazard for the inmates of the ashram, who are already suffering from leprosy, said Nisha.. “These inmates are already having leprosy and the foul smell and other infections generated due to garbage in nullah are threat to their health.
We though maintain sanitation and proper hygiene in the ashram but the air quality here has worsened due to the filth which is likely to harm us,” she said. The ashram is being run with the help of missionary group and there are 55 inmates, including men and women, in the ashram, informed Nisha.