Housefly menace makes life miserable for Karnal villagers

KARNAL: Residents of Rasoolpur Kalan village, around 7 km from here, are facing a hard time because of swarms of houseflies.

Housefly menace makes life miserable for Karnal villagers

Swarms of houseflies make life tough for residents of Rasulpur village in Karnal district. A tribune photograph

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Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, June 16

Residents of Rasoolpur Kalan village, around 7 km from here, are facing a hard time because of swarms of houseflies.

Villagers said they were worried as the houseflies could lead to an outbreak of an epidemic. They said the unhygienic conditions in poultry farms situated near the village were responsible for the nuisance.

Sarpanch of Rasoolpur Kalan village Rameshwar Dass said despite approaching the authorities several times, no action had been initiated so far against the poultry farm owners.

The sarpanch said flies breed in the waste from the poultry farms, making the lives of the residents miserable.

“I have been running from pillar to post since taking charge as sarpanch to eradicate this menace. I have approached the CM window, Deputy Commissioner, Sub-Divisional Magistrate and even the Pollution Control Board, Yamunanagar, but the authorities have taken no action so far,” he maintained.

Dass said the villagers would protest at the Chief Minister’s camp office on Friday in support of their demand. He alleged that the owners of the poultry farms were reaping profit and not taking steps to ensure cleanliness of their farms.

The sarpanch said swarms of houseflies could be seen in the village as a result of which the livestock were also badly affected. He alleged that the housefly menace was the reason for low milk production in the village.

A villager, Bittu, said they had given a representation to the authorities seeking action against the poultry farms that were allegedly dumping waste of the farms in an unscientific way, thereby, causing air pollution in the area.

Meanwhile, AAP leader Navin Jaihind visited the village on Tuesday and took stock of the situation. Villagers apprised him of the problems they were facing because of houseflies. The AAP leader extended his support to the villagers and promised to participate in the Friday protest to raise the issue.

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