New Delhi: Gearing up to combat vector-borne
diseases like dengue ahead of the Commonwealth Games, the MCD
is planning to procure 14 vehicle-mounted fogging machines to
prevent breeding of mosquitoes in the city.
The civic body at present has 10 vehicle-mounted thermal
fogging machines but there is a need to purchase more such
equipment to intensify anti-mosquito measures, officials said.
Rohini and Najafgarh zones of the civic body currently
have no vehicle-mounted machine. "There is one each machine in
10 other MCD zones, but we require at least two each for all
12 zones for intensify fogging during peak dengue transmission
season. That is why a proposal was made to purchase 14
machines," they said.
Thermal fogging machines create fog out of a mixture of
insecticide and diesel, Due to high flash point of diesel in
comparison to the insecticide, it is vapourised in the machine
and insecticide in released with high pressure.
The MCD is purchasing the machines through consultant HLL
Lifecare Ltd, a government of India enterprise, following
Bureau of Indian Standards specification. The total cost will
be Rs 1.20 crore.
The supplier will provide two years warranty, which will
be followed by three years comprehensive annual maintenance
contract. The consignment of machines will be offered to MCD
for inspection before its acceptance while third-party
inspection will also be carried out.
The civic body is also planning to purchase 247 hand-held
pulse jet type thermal fogging machines at a total cost of Rs
1.78 crore through HLL.
For the past few years, Delhi have seen a large number of
cases of dengue after the rainy season. Officials say the
month of October generally witnesses an increase in dengue
cases, a fact which is causing some concern as the mega
sporting event is scheduled from October 3 to 14.
MCD had this year preponed its insectoral meet with Delhi
government, DJB, DMRC and other stakeholders on prevention of
vector- and water-borne diseases by about two months in view
of the Games.
It has also formulated an action plan to prevent spread
of dengue and other vector-borne diseases during the Games,
under which it will deploy rapid response teams, set up
surveillance posts and check mosquito breeding round-the-year.