MCD spends about Rs five crore every year on anti-dengue measures: Joshi
The officials of the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) claim that all the necessary anti-dengue measures are being taken while leaving no stone unturned to minimise the risk of dengue disease in the city so that the disease does not affect the city like it did last year.
According to the chief municipal health officer Dr Kailash Joshi, the MCD spends about Rs five crore on the preventive measures to fight against dengue disease every year and this year, the corporation has already spent about Rs 50 lakh so far on anti-dengue measures.
Moreover, to speed up the work against dengue, the corporation will soon bring 30 new fogging machines with the help of Dehradun district administration, said Joshi. He also said that due to the ongoing construction work under the Smart City project, water has accumulated at several places in the city, especially at Parade Ground which can be the breeding space for dengue causing mosquitoes. Therefore, he added, the corporation will spray diesel to kill the larvae of such mosquitoes in order to inhibit their growth in the area.
Meanwhile, the corporation has also set up a Disaster Control Room in the Town Hall so that locals can register the complaints regarding waterlogging in their area during the rainy season. “The operation of the control room was commenced from June 20 and so far, about 22 complaints have been received through the calls in the control room,” said Manish, the operator of the control room. Explaining the procedure of how an issue is sorted out when somebody registers their complaint, Manish said, “When we get a complaint regarding waterlogging in an area, we inform our supervisor who is present with the other employees in the MCD premises. The team visits the mentioned area immediately to resolve the issue. If the complainants are present when the MCD employees are working in the area, they take their signature after the work is done as a confirmation that their issue is resolved but if they are not present there, we inform them through the phone.” He further informed that the control room works 24/7 in three shifts daily. He said that the five employees including a supervisor remain available in every two shifts in a day while eight employees stay during the night shift. Moreover, Manish also informed that the Disaster Control Room will be functional only till September during the rainy season.
Saturday, 11 July 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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