Unattended garbage and stagnant water is providing open breeding grounds for mosquitoes in south Delhi because the civic body has not been able to pay waste collectors for the past few months.
Also, the south corporation is short of nearly 800 field workers, affecting spraying of insecticides in open drains to curb mosquito breeding. Out of the 1,134 posts of supervisor field workers, field workers and contractual field workers, 824 are vacant.
The 3,600 domestic breeding checkers (DBCs) that go from door to door to identify mosquito breeding inside homes have not been paid for the past two months, leading to poor attendance.
“Some DBCs do not even have the money to pay for travel fare for their visits. How will they conduct any survey?” asked Farhad Suri, leader of the Opposition in the South Delhi Coporation House.
Other councillors of the corporation alleged that garbage collectors such as auto tippers and trucks have not been paid for the past five months, leading to overflowing of garbage at waste stations.
The collectors were last paid in April whereas the four zones under the corporation owe nearly R2 crore for each month after that.
Leader of the House Subhash Arya said a sum of R25 crore was being diverted to pay the garbage collectors so that cleaning work could be resumed. “The dues will be cleared in a week’s time,” Arya said,
The North Corporation also raised the issue of rising dengue and malaria in a meeting. It was revealed that there is a severe manpower crunch. All six posts of entomologists and assistant medical officers are vacant. Similarly, 61 out of 96 posts of senior malaria inspectors and 244 out of the 360 posts of malaria inspectors are also lying vacant.
“The fact that such a huge number of posts in the department are vacant exposes the level of under preparation for curbing malaria and dengue. The officials are claiming that they have made all the arrangements but what arrangement can be made when there is no staff?,” said leader of opposition in North Corporation, Mukesh Goel.