Monsoons rains result in many problems such as waterlogging, spread of disease etc. Accumulation of water at a place becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes resulting in spread of diseases such as chikungunya, dengue, malaria and others. People have said that South Delhi Municipal Corporation should check mosquito breeding and spray medicines. Residents have said that though the corporation checks societies, the parks near the societies are often left unnoticed. They demand that parks should be routinely checked for water accumulation and medicines should be sprayed so that mosquito breeding do not take place.
RWAs and management of different societies highlighted that bottles, glasses or another such things thrown by the people in parks are the potential places of water accumulation raising chances for mosquito breeding. Therefore, the concerned authorities must routinely check this. President of Gangotri Apartments in sector 12, Umesh Kala said, “People face the problem of mosquito bites in the parks in morning as well as in the evening. Mosquito bites can lead to diseases such as dengue, malaria and chikungunia. Corporation must take this issue seriously as there are higher chances of mosquito breeding in parks.”
In Dwarka there are about 500 parks. Parks build on 3 acres of land come under South Delhi Municipal Corporation, while the rest come under Delhi Development Authority (DDA). Most of the parks have dustbins where the rain water can accumulate. Drug users too use parks to consume drugs and liquor. They openly throw liquor bottles and glasses in the parks where water can accumulate. People have said that civic bodies should ensure that such things are cleared and there is no water accumulation.
Advocate KS Bhati, president of Ganpati Apartments in sector 9 said, “Last year there were couple of cases of dengue and chikungunia in our society. The people who were affected said that they were bitten by mosquitoes in the park. So civic bodies must look into the matter.”
Experts say that a mosquito can become an adult from egg in minimum one week. So in rainy season if the water stagnation persists, there are chances of mosquito breeding in parks.
According to South Delhi Municipal Corporation, there are few cases of dengue and chikungunia this year as compared to last year though there is a rise in malaria cases.
On the subject, Leader of the House, Kamaljeet Sehrawat said that the concerned officials will be directed to look into the subject. She assured that medicines would be sprayed in the parks and other such open areas apart from the residential pockets which are vulnerable to mosquito breeding.