Dengue outbreak: Amritsar MC fails to complete tendering process for buying chemicals
The house of the municipal corporation passed a resolution for purchasing chemicals for spray against mosquitoes three months ago, but the civic body is yet to complete the process of tendering for the same, though dengue has already broken out in the city.
The resolution was passed unanimously by the house on June 17 and the house gave its nod to spend Rs 14 lakh for purchasing the chemicals. Apart from this, mayor Bakshi Ram Arora constituted a two-member committee, comprising BJP councillor Ram Chawla, and SAD councillor Amrik Singh, to execute the purchase in a fair manner.
However, according to sources, neither the committee conducted a meeting, nor the tendering process has been completed. As a result, work of fogging across the city is being affected and health of the residents is at a high risk.
Generally, fogging in the city starts in March and continues till last the week of October as this span of time is considered the breeding time of larvae of various kinds of mosquitoes. However, this year, arrangements are not being considered satisfactory. The issue was raised in a meeting called by deputy commissioner Varun Roojam on Tuesday.
The health department of the MC has the proper staff but due to lack of latest machines and chemicals; it has failed to curb the dengue menace, especially in the walled city, which is overpopulated and too much congested.
Taking a dig on the authorities concerned, Congress councillor Rajkanwalpreet Singh Lucky, who is leader of opposition in the house, alleged that scores of residents are falling victim to dengue fever daily, but the civic body has not ensured availability of chemicals.
“The mayor must clarify as to why the civic body is not moving ahead in the tendering process. MC commissioner Sonali Giri had to release Rs 50,000 at her own level using her powers for taking measures against the disease,” he said.
He held local bodies minister Anil Joshi responsible for the mess.
Mayor Arora said there is no pendency of work at his level and the MC commissioner knows the reason behind the delay. However, a number of efforts were made to contact Giri, but proved futile.
Dr Ajay Kanwar Singh, health officer of the civic body, said fogging has started in the walled city and on Saturday it was started in outer areas of the city also. He said they are purchasing the chemicals directly very soon. As far tendering, he said, the process is underway and may take some time to be finished as the commissioner is floating more tenders.