The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and civic bodies here to take all preventive steps to control dengue, a mosquito-borne tropical disease in the national capital.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal also issued notice to the Delhi government and the three civic bodies (MCDs) seeking their response on a plea which has accused the authorities of not acting vigilantly and responsibly to control the disease.
"The respondents will take all preventive steps to control epidemic/dengue," the bench directed the government and the civic bodies while also asking them to file a short affidavit with regard to the steps they were taking.
The court has now fixed the matter for further hearing on September 7.
The PIL, filed by an advocate in the wake of dengue deaths and cases in the national capital, has alleged that despite 320 cases of dengue being reported this year, the authorities concerned have not been "rising up and taking measures to prevent the disease or mosquito breeding".
"Delhi this year has been facing the worst dengue crisis in five years, as all the three civic bodies, particularly South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and the Delhi government have failed to discharge their statutory duties, though it is their responsibility to take preventive measures to control this disease," the plea filed by advocate Shahid Ali said.
The plea has not only sought direction to the Delhi government and statutory bodies to control the menace but also to initiate proper inquiry as to whether they could have controlled the menace and prevented breeding of mosquitoes.
The plea also asked whether the Delhi government has released enough money to the bodies concerned to take measures to tackle the menace and why sprinkling of medicines and fogging have not been done in unauthorised areas.
The petitioner said the disease claimed its first victim on July 21 when a girl from Jafrabad in northeast Delhi died at Lok Nayak Jay Prakash (LNJP) Hospital here.