Delhi, 21 Sept: The Green Tribunal (NGT) today slammed the Delhi government and its civic bodies for their “shameful and shocking” response to the outbreak of Chikungunya.
While expressing its disappointment over the handling of the mosquito-borne diseases, the NGT said, “Why don’t the MCD, DDA, Delhi government and NDMC officials sit together and make an action plan?”
It also termed the situation as horrible.
“What were you doing for two months? Looks like you have no action plan. Everyone in Delhi is getting sick. We can’t turn a blind eye,” it said as it slammed the civic agencies for inaction.
Over 30 dengue and chikungunya deaths have been reported in Delhi in the last two months while nearly 3000 people are reported to be sick and admitted in various city hospitals.
The NGT directed the formation of a principal committee to tackle the outbreak. The Delhi government’s Chief Secretary, all MCD commissioners, Vice-Chairman of the DDA, NDMC representatives, and senior officers of the health department in Delhi will be a part of the committee.
The green panel also ordered the formation of district-level committees to check the preventive measures being taken on the ground.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court also entered a plea filed by a doctor seeking proper steps to be taken to stop the widespread diseases of chikungunya, dengue and malaria.