In view of the rising cases of dengue and Chikungunya in Delhi, residents and RWAs of various sectors and societies in Dwarka have been asking the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to carry out fogging and spraying across the city to stop the mosquitoes from breeding.
Residents allege that the SDMC doesn’t seem to be concerned and has not been seen taking any preventive steps. A member of managing committee of Sadbhavna Apartments, Sector 22, SS Mann, says, “Last year, they had begun preventive measures earlier, but this year, I do not see any seriousness on their part. They should approach the RWAs and carry out joint efforts.”
Mann, who is also the vice-president of a resident body of the city, Sukh Dukh Ke Sathi (SDKS), further adds, “The community is making efforts to prevent the spread of dengue and other mosquito-borne disease. We have joined hands with the RWAs of the area. But, unfortunately, I find participation lacking from the side of the corporation. They should certainly act with more promptness.”
Dwarka residents say that dengue cases are slowly coming to notice, and perhaps, there are many more that have gone undetected. RWA members have spoken of their concerns before both area councillors and higher officials of the Corporation, but to no avail. Recently, when the RWAs of Metro View Apartments, Sector 13, Om Apartments and Radhika Apartments, Sector 14, asked the mayor to respond on the subject, he said, “Last year, there were many dengue cases here. We don’t want this to happen again, though a couple of cases have come to my knowledge. I have asked the oncerned officials to take preventive measures and start fogging and spraying.”
TC Batra, the secretary of Dream Apartments, Sector 22, says, “The SDMC should take steps before dengue spreads in the city. It’s high time we start fogging and spraying.” Councillor of Ward 135, Shashi Tomar, responds, “We have started fogging and spraying in the area. This has been going on for a week now. Whenever the RWAs approach us, we send our people there. Also, if there is need for fogging, people can contact me directly.”