As many as 14 new cases of mild diarrhoea were reported from Prem Vihar on Monday, taking the total to 28.
The diarrhoea outbreak is being blamed on contaminated water supply in the area.
A five-year-old boy, Prince, died in Prem Vihar on Sunday. His parents alleged that he was suffering from diarrhoea due to contaminated water supply. People protested against the MC and health department.
However, additional MC commissioner Kamlesh Bansal denied the allegation. “I personally visited the area and found that water was not contaminated. Still we have ordered cleaning of all water pipes; work has already started,” he told Newsline.
On Monday, the health department collected stool and water samples from area, said district epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma.
Pradip Kumar, executive engineer, O&M cell, told Newsline, “There is contamination of water but it is due to illegal water connections which pass through sewerage lines. All residents in colony have illegal water supply connections and some do not even install taps. A similar problem exists in Fatehgarh Mohalla too,” he said.
The Municipal Corporation got complaints of water contamination from Fatehgarh Mohalla and Jawahar Nagar, and Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria visited the areas. He said that “people have got water pipeline connections passing through sewerage and MC is not at fault”.
As many as 22 cases of mild diarrhoea were reported from these areas.