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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, September 19, 2013
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has issued 145 challans to big institutions, including the Delhi Jal Board, Delhi University and the Northern Railway, for allowing water mosquitoes to breed on their premises. The Civil Lines zone has issued 47 “VIP challans (which are issued to institutions and important buildings)” over the past two weeks — the maximum by any zone under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation — while Narela has issued seven, City has issued 33, Rohini 33, Sadar Pahargunj eight and Karol Bagh zone 11 challans.

Other institutions that have been served challans include the public works department, Archeological Survey of India and Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital.

The civic body’s spokesperson, Yogendra Singh Mann, said the institutions had been slapped with challans only after they were warned by the municipal corporation. “These are big institutions with proper manpower and infrastructure at their disposal. They should take precautions according to the guidelines,” Mann said.

According to a senior municipal official, the findings of the drive presented a stark picture despite campaigns against dengue. “This time we have prosecuted the local managers of these institutions. If this is repeated, the CEOs and directors will also be prosecuted,” the official said.

The other two civic bodies have been issuing similar VIP challans over the past one month.

South Delhi Municipal Corporation commissioner Manish Gupta said there were many government as well as private institutions that were not following the preventive guidelines that had been issued to combat dengue in the Capital.

“We are sending these challans to the heads of these institutions, which are not following the guidelines and are letting conditions favourable to mosquito breeding develop on their premises,” Gupta said, adding that in homes, too, workers are conducting inspections.