For the last few weeks, the residents of Ayyappa Nagar are frequent visitors to hospitals. According to the local Residents’ Welfare Association, at least 47 people have been admitted to hospital due to dengue. The residents blame the rise in dengue to the increase in the mosquito population in the area as drain water has been left stagnating on the roads. Hemalatha S, a resident said, “I’ve was suffering from high fever for two days and then admitted to a private hospital. My treatment cost for two days came up to Rs 45,000. For the past few weeks, I am seeing stagnant water in our neighbourhood and I suspect it to be the breeding ground for the dengue-carrying mosquitoes. The place stinks. Some people from our layout who were admitted to hospital with similar conditions have spent Rs 75,000 in hospital expenses.” Another resident of the locality, C Janardhan, who is the Treasurer of the Coconut Garden Layout Residents Welfare Association said, “The road is already in a very bad state. Rains could further worsen the situation. The place stinks. We agreed among ourselves to keep a record of the number of dengue cases because we are sure it’s because of unhealthy conditions that exist in our neighbourhood. We have recorded 47 in the last month. We have given a formal complaint to the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) on July 11 drawing their attention to the road and stagnant water. The drainage water flows from the main road into our locality and they (BWSSB) are unable to prevent it. There are about 633 families living in our layout with a population of about 1700. We have kept all the hospital records of the residents who came down with dengue. We have also been trying to contact the government Heath Department since May 17 but there has been no response from them. Two weeks ago, we entered into a contract with a private company to fog and spray the area for a monthly cost of Rs 18,000 to keep our layout safe from disease-causing mosquitoes. The corporation is not acknowledging our problems.” Coconut Garden Layout is a residential area adjacent to Kodigehalli, First Main Road in Ayyappa Nagar in KR Puram. A month ago, BWSSB had started its work on a drainage pipeline on the road and since then the roads have been dug up. People of the layout allege that due to improper pipe-laying, the drainage channels under the road developed leaks and the drainage water started moving towards the residential areas, instead of into the chambers, creating unhygienic conditions. The First Main Road continues to remain like this for about 200 to 300 metres. Mirza Anwar, the Assistant Executive Engineer of BWSSB for the area blames illegal connections and the rampant development in the area. “We have been regular with maintenance work in this area and attending to complaints. However, there are certain areas where bigger sized pipes are causing a delay in laying them. All the regular sized drainage pipes have already been laid there. Earlier, there were only a few houses. But now the area has developed and many more houses have come up. For the new houses, we will start laying pipes before the end of this financial year. The problem is caused due to illegal connections. Some don’t have legalised connections and they are letting out dirty water onto the roads. As far as the road restoration work is concerned, it should be done by the (BBMP).” The locality belongs to Hoodi Ward (No 54) and residents say that the corporator and the MLA have not taken cognisance of the matter yet. Most of the dengue-infected patients belong to the 13 to 25 age group. Naveen T, who works in a medical store in the locality confirms that there has been a rise in people buying medicines for high fever. The residents of nearby areas like Bethel Nagar Layout and Alpha Garden Layout are also on alert.