The civic agencies in the Capital are so engrossed in their preparations for the Commonwealth Games that they seem to have forgotten about the rest of the city. Though the number of cases of dengue has risen to 2,224, the civic agencies are least bothered about fogging areas other than the Games sites and venues.
“They are carrying out fogging in areas that are near the Games venues. They are worried about the tourists. They are not concerned about the public at all,” said Gulshan Rai, a resident of Janakpuri.
After Jamia Nagar, it seems Taimoor Nagar in New Friends Colony is also in the grip of dengue. Residents claim that each of the houses in their area has one person suffering from dengue. “The entire area is in a grip of dengue. The hospital— Holy Family — is flooded with patients. Though the Municipal Corporation of Delhi staff comes to our area, they spend their time chatting with each other. They do carry out some fogging in some houses but they need to do it in a uniform manner,” said Karan Singh, a resident of Taimoor Nagar.
The MCD on the other hand claims that with Games being the top priority now, there is little they can do.
“A lot of our staff has been deputed at the Games Village and other venues. But we will wrap up all the Games-related work in four days time and concentrate on the residential areas,” said V.K. Monga, chairman of the Public health committee of the MCD.
Residents of a number of areas such as Janakpuri, Vasant kunj, Jangpura Extension, Dwarka, Saket, Green Park, Rohini and Kotla Mubarakpur claim that fogging has not been done in their areas for the past two months.
“Two months ago, the MCD staff came and sprayed the area with chemicals. No one has come since then,” said N.K. Vaid, general secretary of Vasant Kunj Federation.