The North and the East Municipal Corporations have begun to make pre-monsoon arrangements so that inconvenience caused due to water-logging and the spread of water and vector-borne diseases during the rains can be avoided.
The Commissioners of the two corporations, Praveen Gupta and S Kumaraswamy, have directed the Engineering and DEMS departments to desilt drains well in advance and clean gali-gratings and bell mounts.
May 15 has been set as the deadline to complete the desilting, officials said. “The commissioners have also informed that the desilting work has begun and about 50 per cent of it has been completed,” North corporation spokesperson Yogendra Mann said.
Mann said the departments have also been directed to identify areas prone to water-logging and set up portable pump sets in those areas. Also, the officials of Building department have been directed to identify dangerous buildings in areas that fall under the jurisdiction of the two civic bodies, to avoid untoward incidents.
Officials said the Health departments will shortly be launching a public awareness programme against water and vector-borne diseases. Its officials have been asked to take “strict action against selling of unwholesome food, cut fruits, sugarcane juice and water not fit for consumption”.
“For the control and prevention of dengue and malaria, stagnation of water in and around houses and in areas surrounding habitations or work places has been asked to be cleared. Officials have been asked to ensure proper arrangement of weekly anti-larva spray and fogging, if required,” Mann said.
Besides these measures, the Horticulture department has been directed to ensure proper availability of adequate manpower, tools and machinery to deal with the fallen/uprooted trees at the earliest.
The commissioners have warned that in case of negligence or dereliction of duty, the concerned official would be dealt with sternly. They have also appealed to Delhi residents to not throw plastic bags in the open or in drains, which lead to clogging of drains, and eventually water-logging.