HC directs SMC, JMC for action plan to combat vector borne disease

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, May 13: High Court today directed the Municipal Corporations of Kashmir and Jammu for preparing an action plan to combat vector borne diseases in view of approaching summer season.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajnesh Oswal while hearing an application submitted by one Nitin Bakshi through e-mail directed the both the Corporations to draw up an action plan to combat vector borne diseases in anticipation of problems which could arise in the near future.
DB during the proceedings in the matter observed that the summer months will be followed by monsoon when on account of water stagnation, there is increased proliferation of mosquitoes and resultantly, vector borne diseases as malaria, dengue and chicken guinea are experienced in towns all over India. The experience, court said, in J&K is no different.
Court said it is essential that both the Municipal Corporations draw up an action plan to combat vector borne diseases also in anticipation of the problems which could arise in the near future. “Both the Jammu Municipal Corporation and Srinagar Municipal Corporation shall ensure that the status and action taken report on the issue flagged by the applicants and by us be filed before the next date of hearing”, reads the order.
Court directed both the Corporations to examine these problems and draw up a comprehensive action plan on these issues and file a status report before this court before next date of hearing.
Court has recorded that though the application does not point out to any such matter, however, took judicial notice to the fact that temperatures are rising and there may be insufficiency of water supply in the various district of J&K.
Both the Corporation have also been directed to ensure in their replies action taken with regard to the stray cattle and animals. Another issue of maintenance of Veterinary services for animals, court directed the authorities to examine the need for ensuring availability of veterinary services during the lockdown and notifying the period of the availability of such facilities.
“If deem appropriate, orders need to be passed about permitting private veterinary clinics from continuing to operate during the lockdown. Let the reply and action taken report be filed before us before the next date of hearing”, court directed.

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