Army being pressed into service to tackle dengue menace

Army is being pressed into service to tackle the dengue menace in the CWG village that has raised concern among several countries which are sending teams to participate in the mega sporting event just 23 days away.

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2010, 00:38 AM IST

New Delhi: Army is being pressed into service
to tackle the dengue menace in the Commonwealth Games village
here that has raised concern among several countries which are
sending teams to participate in the mega sporting event just
23 days away.

The army is likely to help in draining out water from the
vicinity of the Games Village and fog the area to prevent
mosquito breeding.

Chief Minister said that a decision in this matter rests
with the Lt Governor.

Other sources, however, said the army help is being
sought in view of the fear that the accumulated water could
lead to mosquito breeding and dengue menace.

"The Army Corps of Engineering has the requisite
experience, training and the necessary equipment. So, we can
seek their help," an official said.

The move comes against the backdrop of over 20
participating nations seeking information from the Games
Organising Committee about the dengue outbreak in the city and
steps being taken to combat it before the mega sporting event
that begins on October 3.

Asked specifically about what role army would play in
dealing with rising cases of dengue, Health Minister Kiran
Walia refused to divulge details but said everything will be
clear by tomorrow.

"The government works at various levels. We are trying
our best to deal with the situation," she said, refusing to
comment on how the army will help the civil administration to
deal with the situation.

A joint team comprising officials from MCD and Delhi
Government are working in the Games village to drain out the
accumulated water so that the area does not become a breeding
ground for mosquitoes.

The Games Village is surrounded by pools of water from
three sides, making it conducive for mosquito breeding.

The cases of the vector-borne disease has reached 1580
in the capital this season and the civic bodies are blaming
incessant rains and stagnation of water at Games construction
sites for the rapid increase in dengue cases.

Officials said the village on the Yamuna river-bed in
east Delhi was surrounded by water from three sides and it is
30-ft deep on one side with mud all over. They said the army
engineering men can help drain out the water, fill the pit
with soil and flatten it after which fogging and spraying of
anti-larvae chemical can be done there.

PTI