NGT slams MCDs ‘vague’ statements on its efforts to control mosquito-borne infections

The principal committee, headed by the chief secretary of Delhi, would deal with the menace of dengue and chikungunya.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Published:September 22, 2016 3:30 am
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The National Green Tribunal Wednesday came down heavily on the MCD for “vague” and “unbelievable” statements on its efforts to control mosquito-borne infections in the national capital. Taking a serious view of the situation, the NGT constituted a principal committee for implementation of all the decisions taken by government authorities regarding steps to curb the infections.

“The officer of EDMC present before us has submitted that he has 700 people (domestic breeding checkers) and they have visited eight lakh houses seven times, meaning thereby that there are 56 lakh visits by these persons. This statement is difficult to believe and we, in fact, do not believe it…” said the bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar.

“Except numerous vague statements which are being made by the corporations and by authorities that they have been making all possible efforts to control these diseases, nothing substantial has been placed before us on record…” said the NGT.

The principal committee, headed by the chief secretary of Delhi, would deal with the menace of dengue and chikungunya. The tribunal directed the committee to meet Thursday and submit a report within 15 days. “This committee will be responsible for policy making and implementation of such decisions which would outline the complete preventive, precautionary and curative measures which are to be taken… This committee shall also perform supervisory function in relation to the zonal committees that are being constituted under this order,” said the NGT.

“We direct the principal committee to prepare a complete action plan and guidelines… for the preventive, effective steps and measures that should be taken… for the period commencing from February, 2017 on basis of recommendations submitted by respective zonal committees.”