New Delhi : In a stinging criticism of the handling of dengue and chikungunya menace in Delhi, the Supreme Court on Thursday said that the authorities in New Delhi were “not interested” and the people have been “left to suffer”.

It also expressed disappointment over the outcome of Wednesday’s meeting between the Lieutenant Governor and Delhi government on curbing vector-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya and asked them to hold another meeting on Thursday evening to firm up steps to check the diseases.

“We have gone through the minutes of the meeting held yesterday and we are quite disappointed with the outcome,” a bench of justices M B Lokur and Amitava Rao said. “These people are not interested and the people of Delhi are left to suffer,” the bench observed and asked the LG and Delhi Government to hold a meeting at 5.30 PM on Thursday to discuss the matter.

During the hearing, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, appearing for Delhi Chief Secretary, told the bench that LG Najeeb Jung would convene a meeting in which those officers, who were directed to attend the meeting by the court in its October 4 order, would be present.

The bench also asked senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, who is amicus curiae in the matter, to participate in the meeting and express his views on how to tackle the menace of these vector-borne diseases.

The bench directed that the participants should discuss the steps to be taken to prevent the problem faced by the people of Delhi this year and also the future measures required. “We expect the participants to keep the interest of people of Delhi in mind while doing the entire exercise,” the bench said, adding “we expect that the action taken is collaborative and cooperative.”

The matter was fixed for further hearing on October 17.    On October 4, the apex court had directed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Health Minister Satyendra Jain to hold a meeting with LG Najeeb Jung, while warning Delhi government against indulging in blame game. The meeting was held on Thursday, to chalk out a strategy for curbing vector-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya in the national capital.–PTI

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