With an increase in the number of complaints relating to mosquito nuisance and fogging —10,102 in 2015 as opposed to 3,427 in 2014 — a report released by Praja Foundation has blamed the multiplicity of authorities for the outbreak of dengue and chikungunya in the capital.
“Three municipal corporations, state government, Delhi Jal Board, Central Government, LG (Lieutenant Governor), DDA (Delhi Development Authority) etc. are all responsible for the smooth functioning of Delhi. This multiplicity of organisations and authorities and added to that a bitter political rivalry has been a complete disaster as far as the governance of this city is concerned. The outbreak of dengue and chikungunya and the recent ‘floods’ is a direct outcome of this, nobody is responsible and everybody is to blame,” the report said.
While the total number of complaints regarding mosquito nuisance and fogging received by municipal corporations were 10,102 in 2015, no MLA raised the issue, while 158 out of 259 councillors spoke about it in ward committee meetings, stated the report. In 2014, 3,427 such complaints were raised and 76 councillors had raised these issues, it added.
The report relates to the state of civic services provided by the municipal corporations of Delhi and Delhi government’s Delhi Jal Board and has been compiled after receiving information through RTIs and a citizen survey.
A satisfaction survey which was part of the report looked at the percentage of women and men who were satisfied with civic services available in the capital. The report also noted the silence of MLAs and councillors in raising civic issues. The report said, “28 councillors in 2014 and 26 councillors in 2015 have not raised a single issue in the ward committee; while 9 MLAs have not raised a single civic issue.”