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Delhi High Court to continue hearing pleas on dengue, chikungunya menace

In 2016, the national capital saw its first ever chikungunya outbreak that affected 9,661 people

ANI  |  New Delhi 

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A Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) employee fumigates near Hindu Rao Hospital in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

The will on Friday continue hearing several petitions seeking action by the Government and civic authorities to stop the spread of and

Municipal Commissioners will have to remain present for the hearing.

Earlier on Wednesday, the slammed Municipal Corporation of (north, south and east) in failing to manage the sanitation and garbage management in the capital.

The South and North commissioners had appeared before the court, while the EDMC commissioner got exemption as he was out of the country.

After watching the media reports in the court room, the clearly said that these reports are showing the ground reality and the reports showed by the are clearly an 'eye wash'.

The court also questioned the over their planning, coordination and preparation leading to clogging of drains and the unaddressed problem of garbage lying unattended in the city leading to vector-borne diseases in the capital.

Earlier on June 2, the court had issued notices to the Municipal Corporation of (north, south and east) for violating court orders in matters relating to sanitation.

The also asked the Commissioners to show cause as to why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them.

Rebuking all the sections of MCDs for keeping in view the growing menace of vector-borne diseases especially and chikungunya, the Court criticised the MCDs for being apathetic towards the problems of people.

The court questioned them over their zero preparation leading to clogging of drains everywhere just by light showers in the capital.

The Court further said the duty of the is not only to collect taxes from people but also to provide them facilities.

Reprimanding the Government over the unaddressed problem of garbage lying unattended in the city leading to vector-borne diseases, the on Thursday warned the former of facing a contempt notice in the matter.

The court also rapped three Municipal Corporation of (MCDs) bodies over the same issue.

The expressed its displeasure over the prevalent situation saying, "You (Government) have mentioned in your affidavit that you have cleaned all the areas in Delhi, however, the media reports show that the garbage is not collected even in four days."

"Keeping in view of your false affidavit, should we issue contempt of court notice against you?" the court further said.

Earlier on May 16, the had pulled up the Centre, the Government and the civic agencies for failing to take appropriate steps in regard to combating the spread of vector-borne diseases.

Taking a dig at all the three authorities, the court said that don't wait for meetings, and asked the Municipal Corporation of (MCD) to conduct mapping of vulnerable areas where and cases have occurred.

Earlier this month, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal issued directions for a comprehensive plan to make the capital mosquito free.

As per a status report of South Municipal Corporation, 80 cases of and 30 cases of have already been reported in in just four months, since January 1 this year, even though the season for vector-borne diseases in is between July and December.

In 2016, saw its first ever outbreak that affected 9,661 people. In 2015, 16,000 cases were reported and 60 people lost their lives to the

First Published: Fri, June 23 2017. 04:55 IST
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