The HWC (Hostel Welfare Committee) went around the rooms in the hostel last week pouring ‘Mosquito Repellent Chemical’ in the coolers that are present in the Hostel Rooms. Mosquito larvae are known to breed in stagnant water but it is a long shot for them to breed in coolers that have fresh water poured in them and circulated almost everyday. Regardless, there may have been coolers that did have stagnant water and this move by the Hostel Welfare Committee is well appreciated.
But some of our friends brought to our knowledge that there were other places in the college with stagnant water. This included the drains in front of the Library and Acad Block where they had spotted larvae in the last semester. This reminded us of the fact that we noticed about an inch of stagnant water in the basement of the Boys’ Hostel about a month ago, and a foot of it in the Club House basement last semester. Realising that the responsibility of truth lay on our shoulders now, we went ahead to have a go at investigative journalism at 9:30 PM on a Wednesday.
Our first stop was the Boys’ Hostel. There were four places where mosquitoes could breed, as in the pictures above. Thanks to the HWC, we suppose, one of them (#3) had something that smelled like kerosene poured in it. It was unclear whether #1 had it, but #2 and #4 were clearly without any kind of repellents. There were no mosquitoes visible.
Our next stop was the basement of the Judicial Hostel. There was no mosquito repellent or any other kind of chemical to kill the larvae present here. The water stagnant here ranged from 4 inches to 3 feet.
The Club House seemed the best place in term of Mosquito-less-ness. No stagnant water and covered places where water was there.
The Auditorium and Academic Block Basement had a story similar to that of the Judicial Hostel
The Girls’ Hostel basement had no stagnant water other than the one near the pumping units (we’re assuming that’s what they are) out of which one had a clear presence of a layer of liquid, which again smelt as though it had kerosene. The others we are unsure of. But there were indeed a clear presence of mosquitoes in the basement generally, and especially near the water.
Finally, on our way back to our rooms we realised the easiest ways for the mosquitoes to come up – through the elevator columns and the staircase. Water was also present under the elevators, as seen using a light source.