It came as a shocker for Jharkhand high court chief justice P K Mohanty when a Ranchi resident sought judicial intervention to curb breeding of mosquitoes in the capital city.
“It is shocking and painful that a citizen has to take recourse to the high court for saving himself from mosquito bite which exposes the poor functioning of the authorities concerned,” he said admitting that he himself is a sufferer of this menace.
The matter came to light when advocate Rajiv Kumar, representing the petitioner, Diwan Indranil Sinha, urged for an early hearing of the case.
The division bench headed by the chief justice wanted to know the exigency involved in the case that warranted early hearing. The lawyer replied that the city was gripped with the mosquito menace causing discomfort to residents.
“Yes, it is true. Even I have been experiencing disturbed sleep due to mosquito bites. I never imagined that this city would have so many mosquitoes. Is the municipality carrying out regular fogging exercise? If this is the state of affairs in the capital city, what would be the condition of other cities and villages?” the chief justice said and fixed March 24 to hear the case.
Sources in the Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) said they have only 11 automounted fogging machines, which are not enough to carry out fogging in every ward daily.
However, RMC officials said they would soon purchase 20 automounted fogging machines so that fogging could be done every three day in each ward.