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Pragati Vihar turns dengue hotspot

delhi Updated: Sep 11, 2010 23:51 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla
Jaya Shroff Bhalla
Hindustan Times
Pragati Vihar

The hostel accommodation for Indian government officials in Pragati Vihar, which is home to 1,500 people, has reported more than 50 positive cases of dengue in the last one month.

Located right opposite Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium — the prime venue for upcoming Commonwealth Games — Pragati Vihar has become a breeding ground for dengue-causing mosquitoes.

Residents have written several letters to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the agency in-charge for maintenance and upkeep of the area, to clean up the area but to no avail.

"The letters must have gone to the inquiry but nothing has been brought to my notice so far. We are very sensitive to these issues and immediate action will be taken once we receive an intimation," said B.K. Chugh, director general, CPWD. The residents are organising a rally on Sunday to protest the civic problems.

On Saturday, 64 more patients tested positive for dengue, taking the total number of cases to 1,716. The dengue death toll touched five, with Raj Kumar, 25, being the latest victim.