Delhi HC directs government to ensure no dengue or chikungunya cases occur this year

The court also asked the agencies to inform it about what preventive steps they have taken in comparison to last year with regard to breeding of dengue mosquitoes.

By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: Apr 21, 2017, 20:54 PM IST
Delhi HC directs government to ensure no dengue or chikungunya cases occur this year

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has directed the AAP government and civic bodies to ensure that no dengue or chikungunya cases occur this year in the national capital.

"You (government and civic bodies) must ensure that this time, the same things do not occur again," a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra said.

The court also asked the agencies to inform it about what preventive steps they have taken in comparison to last year with regard to breeding of dengue mosquitoes.

Expressing concern over the numerous deaths in 2016, the bench said the authorities concerned should have a policy, instead of shifting the blame on each other, to stop recurrence of mosquito-borne tropical diseases.

It directed the government and municipal bodies to place before it the action taken report, explaining the steps proposed to be taken by them to control vector-borne diseases.

It fixed the matter for May 1.

The court has been hearing pleas accusing the AAP government and MCDs of not acting vigilantly and responsibly to control dengue and chikungunya.

Four dengue deaths and as many as 1158 dengue and 1057 chikungunya cases have been reported in the national capital till September 10 last year.

(With PTI inputs)