Vec­tor-borne dis­ease: NGT ap­points com­mis­sion­ers to mon­i­tor mea­sures

The Indian Express - - THE CITY - EX­PRESS NEWS SER­VICE

AS VEC­TOR-BORNE dis­eases be­gin to spread in the cap­i­tal, 10 lo­cal com­mis­sion­ers across the three mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions have been asked to in­spect dif­fer­ent places across the city, and re­port back to the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal (NGT).

Un­happy with the cur­rent process of deal­ing with the spread of dengue and chikun­gunya, the tri­bunal rapped au­thor­i­ties on Thurs­day, call­ing their steps taken to con­tain the men­ace as a mere “for­mal­ity.”

The bench headed by NGT chair­per­son Swatan­ter Ku­mar also re­fused to agree with sub­mis­sions made by civic bod­ies that dengue pa­tients were mostly out­siders and suf­fi­cient pre­cau­tions have been taken to han­dle the sit­u­a­tion.

“We ap­point lo­cal com­mis­sion­ers to in­spect ar­eas un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of all the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions and the Delhi Can­ton­ment Board. They shall sub­mit a com­plete and com­pre­hen­sive re­port to show places of wa­ter­log­ging and dump­ing of mu­nic­i­pal solid waste,” the bench said.

The tri­bunal also fixed a re­mu­ner­a­tion of Rs 15,000, which would be paid to the lo­cal com­mis­sion­ers by the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions and Delhi Can­ton­ment Board.

The civic bod­ies have also been asked to re­port on the mech­a­nisms adopted for dump­ing of mu­nic­i­pal solid waste in unau­tho­rised colonies, and whether sites for fu­mi­ga­tion have been iden­ti­fied or not.

The tri­bunal also directed the Delhi Can­ton­ment Board to sort out waste at the source it­self, and trans­port it to dump­ing sites at the Bawana waste pro­cess­ing plant af­ter seg­re­ga­tion.

The bench was hear­ing a plea by for­mer CPCB sci­en­tist Ma­hen­dra Pandey, call­ing for set­ting up of com­mit­tees to im­ple­ment pre­cau­tion­ary, pre­ven­tive and cu­ra­tive ac­tions to en­sure the city’s res­i­dents are not ex­posed to vec­tor-borne dis­eases.

The plea has also sought di­rec­tion to au­thor­i­ties not to un­der­take out­door ther­mal fog­ging to con­trol dengue, al­leg­ing it was anti-en­vi­ron­ment and caused air pol­lu­tion.

(WITH IN­PUTS FROM PTI)

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