New Delhi, Aug 30: In the wake of increasing dengue cases the Delhi High Court on Tuesday ordered all civic agencies of the national capital to take preventive measures to control dengue.
A division bench chaired by Chief Justice G. Rohini and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal issued notice to the Delhi government and all the civic agencies of the city and seek their response on the steps they have taken to control dengue by September 7.
The court’s move was taken on a PIL filed by lawyer Shahid Ali blaming the Delhi government and municipal corporations of not acting vigilantly and responsibly to the mosquito-borne disease.
Nearly 487 cases of dengue reported this year, according to the recent data released by three civic corporations — North, East and South.
The Delhi government and corporations have not been taking steps to prevent the disease or mosquito breeding, Ali told the court.
“Despite so many deaths, civic bodies have not been rising up and taking measures to prevent disease or breeding of mosquitoes,” the petitioner said.
It also asked to initiate proper inquiry as to whether the government and civic bodies could have controlled the disease and could have prevented the breeding of dengue mosquitoes.
The civic bodies should be directed to urgently undertake special fumigation and sanitation drives and anti-mosquito breeding operations in their respective areas, the petition said.
The plea also asked whether the Delhi government has given sufficient funds to take effective measures.