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Delhi health crisis: What were you doing for two months, green tribunal asks municipal bodies

The NGT said there seemed to be no action plan in place and everyone in the Capital was getting sick.

The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday asked Delhi's municipal bodies what steps they had taken in the past two months to control the spread of chikungunya, dengue and malaria in the Capital, reported The Indian Express. “What were you doing for two months? There is no action plan and everyone in Delhi is getting sick," the tribunal said.

The NGT said, "The ground reality is horrible. Don’t show us fabricated registers." It had earlier asked the Delhi government to form a principal committee to look into ways of containing the diseases. It had also asked the state to form district-level committees to oversee the process and submit a report within 15 days.

On Wednesday, the Raj Niwas, the official residence of the lieutenant governor, had initiated a cleanliness drive in the city to take stock of the situation. Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung and all officers of his secretariat will visit seventeen garbage collection points across the city. Jung also directed civic agencies to lift garbage from collection points regularly and keep surrounding areas clean, reported ANI.

The Delhi High Court has also asked the Aam Aadmi Party government to ensure that hospitals provide treatment to every patient that approached them. So far, 19 people have died from complications caused by chikungunya in Delhi, while 1,500 cases have been reported from the region.

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