The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by Congress leader Ajay Maken in the wake of dengue deaths and cases in the national capital. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath sought the response from the Centre, Delhi government and municipal corporations of Delhi by September 24 and tagged the plea with other similar matter.

In the PIL, Maken said the Delhi government failed to initiate awareness campaigns and an outbreak alarm was raised only after dengue fatalities were reported, which is otherwise not a life-threatening disease.

It said the Delhi government allocated approximately Rs.81 crore towards malaria and dengue control programmes. However, it did not bother to release the funds to the MCDs. Citing lack of funds as an alibi for their gross failure in controlling dengue outbreak, these agencies rendered the general public completely helpless, the petition said.

"There is lack of coordination and unpreparedness on part of the Delhi government, central government and also the municipal authorities in Delhi in addressing and controlling the unprecedented outbreak of dengue and the deteriorating public health in the city," said the plea.

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Dengue outbreak: HC notice to Centre, Delhi government

 

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today issued notices to the Centre and the state government on a PIL accusing the AAP government and MCDs of not acting vigilantly and responsibly to control dengue, a mosquito-borne tropical disease.

 

The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by Congress leader Ajay Maken in the wake of dengue deaths and cases in the national capital.

 

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath sought the response from the Centre, Delhi government and municipal corporations of Delhi by September 24 and tagged the plea with other similar matter.

 

In the PIL, Maken said the Delhi government failed to initiate awareness campaigns and an outbreak alarm was raised only after dengue fatalities were reported, which is otherwise not a life-threatening disease.

 

It said the Delhi government allocated approximately Rs.81 crore towards malaria and dengue control programmes. However, it did not bother to release the funds to the MCDs.

 

Citing lack of funds as an alibi for their gross failure in controlling dengue outbreak, these agencies rendered the general public completely helpless, the petition said.

 

"There is lack of coordination and unpreparedness on part of the Delhi government, central government and also the municipal authorities in Delhi in addressing and controlling the unprecedented outbreak of dengue and the deteriorating public health in the city," said the plea.