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Who is to be blamed for the mosquito menace?

Who is responsible for the growing mosquito menace in Delhi. The MCD officials claim that it is laxity on the part of their bosses who are not imposing strict penalty on the people for not following civic body's instructions on avoiding larvae breeding on their residential and office premises.

delhi Updated: Nov 11, 2010 19:40 IST

Who is responsible for the growing mosquito menace in Delhi. The MCD officials claim that it is laxity on the part of their bosses who are not imposing strict penalty on the people for not following civic body's instructions on avoiding larvae breeding on their residential and office premises.

The unabated mosquito breeding in stagnant water in overhead tanks and coolers has resulted in the spread of diseases like dengue, malaria and chikungunya in the city.

The MCD imposes a penalty of Rs 500 on residential complexes and Rs 2000 on commercial establishments where such larvae breeding is detected.

The Health Department of MCD is seeking an increase in the challan amount but its proposal has been rejected by the Chairperson of the civic body.

"We had proposed to increase the penalty to ensure that people start taking the issue seriously but the chairman rejected our proposal to raise the challan amount for the residential complex from Rs 500 to Rs 2000 and of the commercial complex from Rs 2000 to Rs 5000," a senior official dealing with the issue said.

Moreover, officials often grapple with requests of MCD councillors who want to waive off penalty on violators in order to gain influence in their wards, he claimed.

MCD standing committee chairman Yogender Chandolia, however, justified the rejection of the proposal saying it would put undue burden on the people and "would lead to corruption". However, another official contended that raising the fine would act as a deterrent.

"People feared to drive in the lanes for Commonwealth Games vehicle as they knew that they would have to shell out Rs 2000," he said.

MCD officials also claimed that in most cases, local police were reluctant to lodge an FIR against people for repeated violations of rules to contain mosquito breeding.

"We had lodged a complaint against a godown that stores tyres and where we found dengue-causing mosquitoes breeding in more then 1000 places but the police did not file an FIR," an official said.

"Dengue cases have been reported from residential area around it but so far no action has been taken prompting us to write to the concerned DCP," he said.

Officials have also been harassed while on inspection drive to check mosquito breeding in colonies.

"If they found repeated breeding in any particular area and they brought it to the notice of the RWA, they were not allowed by the RWAs to enter that locality the next time," he said.

Nearly 96% of Delhi comes under the jurisdiction of Municipal Corporation of Delhi.