At Koramangala CCC, mosquitoes, dengue come free

What doesn’t kill you will take you to next killer

That the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is re-opening Covid Care Centres (CCCs) is scary enough. But that the CCC at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium is near a stinky open-drain choked with silt and stagnant water, should make you want to mask up and follow all covid protocols strictly. You may recover from covid if admitted here, but you may come out with dengue or malaria after a few days’ stay in this CCC.

Last time around, CCCs had to be shut down because many covid-positive patients preferred to recuperate at home. This was because many patients had complained that some CCCs had issues like dirty toilets, no hot water in bathrooms and substandard food.

It looks like the BBMP has not learnt from its experience. When you enter the CCC at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium, you’re greeted with the stench of an open drain and stagnant water. When you walk towards the entrance you will see makeshift toilets and broken pipes lying around.

This CCC can accommodate 260 patients. The path to the makeshift toilets has overgrown grass which could make using them at night dangerous and a challenge for older people. The stormwater drain between the National Games Village complex and the Indoor Stadium has become a nuisance for the residents of this area as well. One can see heaps of plastic in the drain causing stagnation of dirty water which has become a breeding place for mosquitoes.

“Residents of the National Games Village complex are suffer ing a lot due to the mosquito menace. I want the BBMP authorities to clear the silt and plastic in the stormwater drain to avoid water stagnation,’’ said C Rajendra, a resident of NGV Complex.



According to the BBMP sources, patients, as well as the medical staff of the CCC, had suffered a lot due to the backflow of sewage that had entered the Stadium during the monsoon last year.

When informed about the unhygienic conditions at the covid care centre, BBMP Medical Officer (South) Dr Shivakumar said that he would inform the authorities concerned but stated that he was not aware of the unhygienic conditions since he did not visit the covid care centre.

We had planned to re-open the CCC on Thursday, March 25. Now, we will open it only after fixing all the problems, including cleaning the SWD of plastic and silt

— Veerabhadra Swamy, BBMP Joint Commissioner (South)

Meanwhile, BBMP Joint Commissioner (South) Veerabhadra Swamy said that he had already directed the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) authorities to clean the choked underground drainage pipes to prevent backflow of sewage water at toilets in the Indoor Stadium premises.

“We had planned to re-open the CCC on Thursday, March 25. Now, we will open it only after fixing all the problems, including cleaning the SWD of plastic and silt,” said Swamy.

Emphasising the need for cleanliness at CCCs and their surroundings, Dr Jagadish Hiremath, Medical Director of ACE Suhas Multi-specialty Hospital, Jigani, said that if covid patients develop dengue or malaria it is dangerous. “The authorities should take measures to clean the choked drains and prevent diseases like malaria and dengue,’’ said Dr Jagadish Hiremath.

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