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HC directions on dengue complied with: Govt

Dengue claims 21 lives in the capital, with as many as 853 cases of the disease reported so far this year.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2006 13:40 IST

Asserting that it has "by and large" complied with the High Court's directions for containing the dengue menace, the Delhi government on Sunday said it would file an Action Taken Report (ATR) detailing what it had done in previous years to check the spread of the disease.

A senior government official said the concerned authorities, which were asked by the Delhi High Court to explain why they failed to implement its earlier directions, would file an ATR listing the initiatives taken to check any outbreak of dengue in the capital.

The city government and Municipal Corporation of Delhi have "by and large" complied with the directives issued by the High Court in 1998 and 2003 to prevent the spread of dengue, the official said.

The High Court had on October 6 sought a reply from the Central and state governments and civic agencies within a week as to why they failed to implement a slew of directions issued by it to control the disease.

It also expressed its anguish over the failure of civic agencies to file a report so far on the court's order that a national co-ordination committee, set up to monitor the situation, should suggest some definite measures to make the dengue control programme meaningful, efficacious and comprehensive.

Dengue has claimed 21 lives in the capital, with as many as 853 cases of the disease reported so far this year.