New Delhi, Aug 28: A plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court accusing the AAP government and MCDs of not acting vigilantly and responsibly to control dengue, a mosquito-borne tropical disease. The PIL was filed by an advocate in the wake of dengue deaths and cases in the national capital. The plea, which is likely to be taken up for hearing next week, alleged that despite 320 cases of dengue reported this year, the authorities concerned have not been “rising up and taking measures to prevent the disease or mosquito breeding”. Also Read - Bird Flu: After Samples Test Negative, Delhi Govt Lifts Ban on Sale, Import of Poultry Products
“Delhi this year has been facing the worst dengue crisis in five years, as all the three civic bodies, particularly the South Delhi Municipal Corporation and Delhi government have failed to discharge their statutory duties, though it is their responsibility to take preventive measures to control this disease,” the plea filed by advocate Shahid Ali said. (ALSO READ: Nude monk controversy: Vishal Dadlani apologises and quits political affiliation with AAP) Also Read - Delhi Vaccination Drive to be Held at 81 Centres, Four Days a Week: CM Arvind Kejriwal
The plea has not only sought direction to the Delhi government and statutory bodies to control the menace but also to initiate proper inquiry as to whether the government and statutory bodies could have controlled the menace and could have prevented the breeding of dengue mosquitoes. The plea has also asked whether the Delhi government has released sufficient money to statutory bodies to take effective measures to tackle the menace and why sprinkling of medicines and fogging has not been done in unauthorized areas.(ALSO READ: Narendra Modi trying to reverse AAP government decisions through LG Najeeb Jung: Arvind Kejriwal) Also Read - AAP Starts Installing Wi-Fi Hotspots at Tikri border for protesting farmers, Second Spot After Singhu
The petitioner said the disease claimed its first victim on July 21 when a girl from Jafrabad in northeast Delhi died at Lok Nayak Jay Prakash (LNJP) Hospital. “Okhla MLA Amannatullah Khan’s sister-in-law died of dengue on August 12 at Apollo Hospital. A total of 91 cases were reported in July, six cases were recorded in May, while June witnessed 15. Thirty-four fresh cases were reported till August 20 since the last count and the total number of cases so far in the city is more than 320.(ALSO READ: Sucha Singh Chhotepur rejects panel, dares AAP to make video public)
“Despite so many deaths, civic bodies have not been rising up and taking measures to prevent disease or breeding of mosquitoes and even safai karamcharis are rarely spotted in the areas like…Because nearly 80 per cent of these areas are unauthorised,” the plea alleged.