Mayor calls off inspection as locals protest against MCD



New Delhi: Delhi Mayor Prithvi Raj Sawhney's inspection tour to congested Jamia Nagar, which has witnessed a series of dengue cases, was aborted midway on Wednesday after locals protested against MCD and a scuffle ensued.

Sawhney along with MCD Leader of House Subhash Arya reached Jamia Nagar around 12:30 pm and started interacting with locals at a meeting.

But within ten minutes, Sawhney had to call off the inspection and return as locals entered into a scuffle with MCD officials.

Councillor Mohd Jamaluddin started the proceedings by briefing the Mayor about the problems faced by the locals.

The trouble started when Arya told the gathering that MCD was not in a position to clean a drain belonging to UP Irrigation Department, a demand raised by the locals.

This enraged the locals who entered into a scuffle with MCD officials.

Following this, Sawhney called off the inspection and left the spot in his car.

The Mayor decided to conduct an inspection in the area following reports of a surge in dengue cases in Jamia Nagar and Okhla areas. Local residents have claimed that over 15 people died due to dengue there, though officials maintain that only two suspected dengue deaths have been reported.

A cleanliness drive was carried out in Jamia Nagar and Okhla areas on Monday.

Officials said field-based health centres were set up in both the areas. Since, Jamia Nagar and Okhla are densely- populated and drainage system is not proper, mosquito breeding had been found to be high in these localities, they said.

PTI