The court also ordered Delhi’s chief secretary to expedite the decision to impose heavy fines for the premises where the mosquito breeding was found and hoped that the Delhi government did not wait for the municipal elections to be held. completed before increasing the fine.
However, the AAP government assured the court that the matter was under “active review” and that a decision would be made shortly. This prompted the court to ask the Chief Secretary to intervene.
A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh were told by the lawyer for the South Delhi Municipal Corporation that despite notices inviting them to a meeting, the Government’s Irrigation and Flood Control and Education Departments from Delhi were not represented. The court also heard that the Center’s National Vector-Borne Disease Program and the UP Irrigation and Flood Control Department also did not attend the court-ordered meeting on February 15.
“Just because we have learned suo motu doesn’t mean people with disabilities, businesses, DJBs and other agencies should continue to wait for us to tell you what to do. You should continue to take action,” the court stressed. .
He asked all agencies to sit down and come up with a plan, including tackling bodies of water, storm sewers and sewage, to tackle the threat of dengue fever. The court asked all stakeholders to give a formula on how dengue and chikungunya would end. He directed the National Vector Borne Disease Program and the UP government to ensure they had a representative at the next meeting.