Delhi's bullies fight MCD, help fever

In many colonies of the city, civic officials face another sullen adversary: the Delhiite who just will not follow the rules, report Vibha Sharma and Vidya Krishnan.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2006 03:43 IST

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito is not the only headache for civic officials trying to contain the dengue outbreak. In many colonies of the city, they face another sullen adversary: the Delhiite who just will not follow the rules.

From slamming the door on the Municipal Corporation of Delhi squads to beating officials up, from flaunting their powerful "connections" to accusing MCD teams of demanding bribe, Delhi’s bullies have done everything they could to wriggle out of paying fines. The worst culprits were from the affluent parts of the city.

The resistance was serious enough to force the MCD on Thursday to temporarily suspend its drive to fine property owners at whose premises mosquito breeding is detected.

"Our workers have been facing massive resistance from residents in the Central zone, which has seen the maximum number of dengue cases. People are not allowing our employees to enter their houses. This makes our job difficult," said Municipal Health Officer Dr N.K. Yadav.

Residents of Okhla, Badarpur and Sangam Vihar had recently roughed up MCD health workers who found mosquitoes breeding at their homes and tried to issue challans. Yadav said all zones have been informed that the drive to fine people has been called off till Sunday. "We will review the situation and take a decision on resuming the drive thereafter," said Yadav.

Health workers have not only been shouted at and roughed up during door-to-door to checks, but also been accused of asking for bribes when they issue challans. "All we did was ask they pay to the fine of Rs 500. There is more trouble in affluent colonies where people have connections in the MCD. They call up our seniors and level all sorts of baseless allegations against us. We are accused of harassing the residents and extorting money from them,” said a MCD health worker.

So, before you blame the government and the MCD for letting the outbreak spiral out of control, ask yourself: does the buck stop at your door?

First Published: Oct 13, 2006 03:43 IST