MCD preparing to combat dengue, to buy anti-mosquito chemicals
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 09, 2011, 18:23
New Delhi: Gearing up to combat the spread of vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria in the city, the MCD is purchasing tonnes of chemicals, bio-larvicides and other material to be used to kill mosquitoes and prevent their breeding.

Four proposals in this regard were approved by the MCD Standing Committee today. The process was held up earlier due a debate over procurement procedure.

The civic body will purchase of 1,40,000 kgs of Temephos granules worth Rs 50.08 lakh to prevent breeding in clean stagnant water in coolers and uncovered overhead tanks, 40 tonnes of malathion technical worth Rs 57.64 lakh used for fogging operation to kill adult mosquitoes, 5,400 litres of pyrethrum extract worth Rs 76.43 lakh for spraying to kill adult mosquitoes by mixing it with kerosene oil and 2,75,000 litres of bio-larvicides worth Rs 27.22 lakh.

Last week, a number of councillors, mostly from the ruling BJP, objected to the use of government undertaking Hindustan Latex Ltd as a consultant for the procurement and argued that the MCD should buy the items itself.

As per the proposals, in all the cases, HLL will fix the rate of procurement and the supplier agency for one year and get two per cent as consultancy charge.

Standing Committee Chairman Yogender Chandolia said the proposals were given a nod keeping in view the fact that these materials will be needed soon for anti-mosquito operations in the city. "However, we have told the Health Department that next time they should do a rethink on the issue. Why should we pay consultancy fee to HLL when we can buy the items itself."

Municipal Health Officer N K Yadav said the consultancy charges have been lowered from 3.5 per cent to 2 per cent after long negotiations. "HLL is a reputed government undertaking and provides us technical support. There are many technical aspects and the department needs a consultant to take the right decision," he said.

Chandolia said the Health Department should take steps to augment its technical prowess.

Outbreak of vector-borne diseases like dengue has been witnessed in post-monsoon season in the city for the last several years. The threat of dengue created a scare before the Commonwealth Games in October last year too. Over 6,000 cases and eight deaths due to dengue were reported in Delhi in 2010.


First Published: Wednesday, March 09, 2011, 18:23

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