It is true that the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has been carrying out spraying and fogging drives in Dwarka, but residents are not too happy with the civic body’s approach.
Residents allege that the SDMC should focus more on public places, such as parks, market areas, and not restrict themselves to housing societies, which anyways are taking preventive measures against vector-borne diseases.
MS Suri, vice-president of New Millennium Apartments, Sector 23, says, “The SDMC workers have started fogging and spraying, but they are not too concerned about the areas outside the societies. The apartments are anyways taking steps to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. We are not really happy with the approach of the SDMC as far as the fogging and spraying is concerned.”
Residents also feel that fogging must happen every week to make the measure truly effective. President of Akash Ganga Society, Sector 6, SN Vashishtha, says, “We have had several cases of chikungunya in our society, and I hold the SDMC responsible for it. We have called them several times, but they didn’t respond. It is only now that they have started on their rounds, but fogging and spraying is also required in the vacant plot beside our society.”
At Radhika Apartments of Sector 14 there are more than 50 cases of dengue and chikungunya this year, but surprisingly, fogging and spraying has been done only once this season. SS Chowhan, RWA president, and a chikungunya victim himself, says, “They have to become more serious about the precautionary measures and fogging should be stepped up as soon as possible.”
The story is the same for different wards of Dwarka, and residents feel the SDMC is merely carrying out a formality in the name of fogging and spraying.
Councillors of various wards, however, feel differently. Praveen Rana of Ward 141 says, “We are doing the best we can, and fogging is being done as soon as a demand is raised for it.” Shashi Tomar of Ward 135 says, “We are certainly concerned about fogging and spraying. I personally ensure that these drives are carried out wherever required.”