While the councillors have accused the Ludhiana municipal corporation (MC) of failing to conduct fogging in the city, the latter has been in a denial mode and is set to purchase material used in fogging worth lakhs soon.
The MC recently approved a fund of Rs. 95 lakh for purchasing melathine and king fogg, used in the fogging machine along with diesel.
The MC uses a big machine which is attached on a tractor as well as handheld machine for fogging. The civic body has 75 handheld machines and 15 big machines.
It cannot be denied that there is fogging in different areas of the city but the councillors have questioned the duration and dedication with which the employees of the health and sanitation wing hold fogging session.
In a meeting of finance and contract committee (F&CC), an amount of Rs. 65 lakh was approved for melathine used in big machine and Rs. 30 lakh for king fogg used in hand held machines. King fogg is used in the small machines as melathine block its nozzle.
Whenever the MC sends a big machine that is attached on a tractor to any ward of the city, it goes to a councillor and seeks the area where fogging is required. While councillors claim that fogging is eyewash and the MC was not serious in touching each and every dengue-prone area, the MC claims that fogging requires time and cannot be done in the entire area in a single visit.
Sushma Mehta, Congress councillor from ward number 35, said the MC fogging team came to her ward after one month on Tuesday. “Fogging was
conducted for only 20 minutes with the handheld machine. They have not used the machine attached on a tractor this year,” claimed Mehta.
She said the medicine and diesel used in the fogging machine was not used properly for fogging purpose in the city.
MC’s health officer Vipal Malhotra said, “A big machine uses 90 litres of diesel and 5 litres of melathine in one hour of fogging. Petrol is also used to operate the machine and diesel to run the tractor carrying the machine.”
He said every ward was visited on fifth day and councillors tell us where the fogging team should go.
On the other hand, Amarjit Singh Sekhon, joint commissioner and chief of health and sanitation wing, said the F&CC had approved funds for purchase of medicine used in fogging.
“At least Rs. 1.5 lakh is used in a day if intensive fogging is done at different areas in the city. We are going to start intensive fogging from Monday,” said Sekhon.
Inder Aggarwal, BJP councillor, said fogging was not putting an impact on larva of the mosquito as it was being held for lesser time than required.