As the number of dengue and chikungunya cases in Delhi continued to rise, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendar Jain Tuesday unveiled a ‘comprehensive plan’ by the government to fight the onslaught of diseases.
Elaborating on the plan, Sisodia said, “Every lane, colony and bylane of Delhi will be fogged on alternate days. Almost 100 machines will be put to work by Thursday. By next week, 600 machines will be deployed to make the capital mosquito-free. These machines will continue fogging in every lane, every ward and every assembly”.
The state government plans to carry out fogging operations for a month, said Sisodia, adding, “Issues like fogging and sanitation come under the jurisdiction of the municipal corporations, but there is a crisis. We have approved their request for funds in advance… if, despite this, fogging is not done, we will help the MCDs deal with this crisis… we will work together.”
He urged the BJP-led MCDs to keep the dhalaos (garbage dumps) from spilling over and the roads free of silt. “Fogging can lessen the threat of mosquitoes, but the corporations have to keep the dhalaos clean. More dhalaos are spilling over… silt is being dumped in colony lanes. They have to draw up a comprehensive plan to clean up the dhalaos every day and the silt should be removed from the roads,” said Sisodia.
When asked if corporations had done enough to tackle the crisis, the minister said, “They should do their work but intensive fogging needs to be carried out. We are helping them with this task…we have to deal with this crisis.”