The residents are under the threat of vector-borne disease because of breeding of mosquitoes in hundreds of impounded vehicles dumped at the football ground at Sector-9 in Dwarka. The ground, which was once developed under Delhi Police Yuva Scheme to promote sports, has now become a dump yard for such vehicles. Water has been accumulated in and around the vehicles after rains.
No one either from police or from Municipal Corporation seems serious to look into the subject and take steps to check and stop mosquitoes breeding.
A resident, MK Singh, who suffered from Chikungunya last year, said, “The football ground has not caught the attention of authorities even after the parked vehicles have become a potential place for breeding. I am surprised that why police have dumped vehicles there and why these vehicles are not being checked to control mosquitoes breeding.”
Experts said that in this season, a mosquito can bite in the duration of one week from the state of larva to adult. Also, the place, where such vehicles are dumped, is only at a distance of 100 to 200 metres from the societies in Sector-9.
Experts said that an adult mosquito can fly that distance and bite anyone. Not only this but also the police station of Dwarka South is adjacent to that ground where the police officials are also at risk of the vector-borne diseases like Chikungunya, Malaria, Dengue etc.
President of Federation of RWAs of Sector 9, KS Bhati, said, “The prime responsibility to control the situation lies with police as they have dumped vehicles there. They should coordinate with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and ensure that there is no breeding of mosquitoes.”
The area received good rain in this season. It has caused water accumulation at various places. It resulted in the larva of mosquitoes which was also found by the Corporation people during inspections. But, this place has not been checked or taken for the spray of medicine.
City Spidey had a talk with one of the officials in the area from SDMC. He said on the condition of anonymity, “The parked vehicles are definitely a potential place for mosquitoes breeding. Breeding must be going on and adult mosquitoes can fly to the nearby societies and spread disease. We cannot go there as the things are under the control of police and we cannot act unless they ask.”
The leader of the house in SDMC and the councillor of the area, Kamaljeet Sehrawat, said that she would ask the Malaria Department to inspect the place and spray medicine.