The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday criticised the three municipal corporations, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Delhi government and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for not taking stringent measures to control the spread of dengue and chikungunya in the capital.
“What were you doing for the last two months? It looks like you have no plan. Everyone in Delhi is sick,” the green panel, headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar, said.
“Except numerous vague statements which are being made by the corporations and by authorities that they have been making all possible efforts to control these diseases, nothing substantial has been placed before us on record. There are certain averments which are unbelievable,” the bench said.
The green court also constituted a principal committee headed by the chief secretary of Delhi government to formulate an action plan to control the ‘outbreak’. The committee will include commissioners of all corporations, vice-chairman of DDA, head of the Delhi Cantonment Board, New Delhi Municipal Council, principal secretary of health and director general of health services of Delhi government as members.
The committee has been asked to submit a comprehensive report to the court within a fortnight. The committee has also been asked to conduct an urgent meeting on Thursday at 11am at the chief secretary’s office.
The green court also roped in Delhi Police to check and prevent breeding of mosquitoes in their areas.
The order came while hearing a petition by former Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) scientist, Mahendra Pandey, who demanded that action be taken to ensure that residents of Delhi are not exposed to serious diseases like dengue and chikungunya. His petition also said fogging is anti-environment and is causing more harm to residents.
“Chemical fogging can cause brain diseases, abortions and other diseases,” the petition read.
The green court also directed the medical superintendent of all the private and government hospitals to maintain separate counters for registration of patients suffering from dengue, chikungunya and other similar diseases and ensure that effective treatment is provided to them.