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Delhi is under the grip of chikungunya, dengue and malaria as well due to the MCD’s complacency in controlling the incessant mosquito breeding and failing to keep Delhi neat and  clean, free of dirt, filth and unsanitary conditions despite Prime minister Modi’s clarion call for making his dream project Swatch Bharat Abhiyan a grand success.

As a result of this the queues of patients at the government and the private hospitals are increasing day by day. The main reason behind the uncontrolled spread of these diseases is the widespread prevalence of unsanitary conditions and dirt all over Delhi and complacent attitude and behavior of the authorities concerned to effectively cope with the situation.  

What makes the situation more worrisome is the fact that cases of Malaria that were on the downside during the previous years have now come to the fore with more and more cases of dreaded malaria being reported from various parts of Delhi. Delhi has been the constant victim of two different parties ruling in the state as well as in the MCD and as such there had always been confrontation with regard to the allocation of budget and as a result the MCD employees had to resort to strikes in the past for good number of days for not getting their salaries thus affecting the cleanliness work of the entire DELHI with heaps of dirt, rubbish and bio-degradable ” Kachra” lying in tons and heaps in hundreds of dustbins and drains remaining  unclean for days and months together thus giving rise to the dreaded mosquitoes of malaria and chikungunya though dengue mosquitoes take birth in clean stored water as compared to malaria which takes birth in dirty and filthy dumps. Though the Swatch Bharat Abhiyan of prime minister is in full swing with crores of rupees being spent on advertisements to mobilize people of the country, unfortunately despite best efforts of MCD as claimed by them, the cases of dreaded chikungunya, dengue and malaria are constantly on the increase with one death reported so far.

As per the latest data released by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi the city has by now reported around 520 cases of Malaria and 948 cases of dengue followed by 340 cases of chikungunya. During monsoons and intermittent Delhi rains these mosquito prone diseases increase manifold as the possibility of mosquito breeding due to water clogging and excessive dirt with unstilted drains goes higher with hospitals full of patients. The need of the hour is therefore to establish proper coordination between the MCD sanitary, health departments and Delhi government and expedite adequate and mass scale fuming, insecticide’ pumping and other measures to kill the dreaded mosquitoes on a war footing. The hospitals should also be fully equipped with all the relevant equipment, medicines and doctors to adequately cope with the critical situations if need be.

The cleanliness drive should be taken forthwith in order to counter and check the increasing mosquito population in Delhi. Meanwhile over four thousand domestic mosquito anti breeding workers of three MCD zones are on strike demanding better pay structure, regularization of their services and granting them health insurance. This speaks of the fact that the situation which is already worrisome is going to further worsen keeping the Delhites on tenterhooks.

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Forest fires of Uttarakhand result in raising the temperature of the hills !

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The massive fires in the forests of the hills of Uttarakhand has not only created havoc to its precious wild life, flora and fauna, the timber, green trees and the soil including damage to the catchment areas killing the pivotal water sources, it has also resulted in enhancing the temperature of the summers to 41 degree celsious in towns like Dehradun and 29/ 35 degree celsious in the interior hills termed to be the summer destinations which used to remain pleasent and pretty cool.

What is more worrying is the fact that the fire which has started from Pauri forests or the adjoining hill districts has now engulfed the forests of Tehri, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag and even Uttarkashi and the pictures of deers, cows, calves n roasted condition ging viral in facebook, though not yet authenticated as from which areas these pictures of dead animals in forest forest have been procured from.

Even in the stretches of Kotdwar jungles this ravaging fire have spread. According to the latest new reports, the expeditiously ravaged forests by massive fires which is still continuing due to the air pressure has also led to increase in the temperature of the hill areas particularly the towns and cities already under the influence of global warming.

Though the staff of the forest division are trying their best to didge the fire through whatever minimum means they possess but the magnitude of the fire has now gained such a tremendous proortion that its not within the reach of the limited staff of the forest departmentdevid of the lated hi tech technical facilities and equipments.

The only and the best way, though highly expensive is sprinkling of water over the forests fires through helicopters as done in countries abroad as depending on natural rains would be an extremely risky and dangerous proposition.

It may be recalled that UK had rain deficit of 68%. And Pauri Garhwal is already reeling under 82% rain deficit since Dec, Jan months. Therefore the entire forest cover has gone dry thus enraging widespread fire on a rapid scale. Decrease in rain increases temperatures and results in forest fires.

Moreover, it has been a tradition of burning the dry grass during summers expecting the birth of new grass after monsoon for fodder of animals. And in this immature exercise the entire jungles are put on fire causing irreperable damage to the flora and fauna and the wild animals on a vast scale. Some disgruntled elements also do it deliberately pre strategically and conspiratorially for various vested interests.

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DELHI REELING UNDER DRINKING WATER CRISIS ! CONGRESS PROTESTS IN VARIOUS DELHI LOCALITIES

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As the increasing temperature having reached 44 degree celcius in Delhi yesterday and sun over the earth’s equater this summer, the capital of India, Delhi is confronted with acute water shortage in various parts of Delhi, compelling Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee volunteers under the leadership of Ajay Maken protest in different areas denouncing the AAP government for its inefficiency and ignorance in countering the water shortage problem and accused the Delhi Jal Board authorities of allegedly selling water tankers meant to be supplied to Delhi localities ,govt and private colonies and resettlement colonies of Delhi in league with the tanker mafia to five star hotels and the rich living in farm houses, thus minting huge profits.

The inhabitants of the resettlement and unauthorised colonies, the peoole of JJ clusters and even residents of government colonies are the worst sufferer during the peak Summer season in May and June.

Delhi has a population of about 1.50 crores and 60 percent of the population lives in resettlement and unauthorised colonies.

This vast chunk of this population either banks on submersibles by retrieving the under ground water or depend on water supplied through private or Delhi Jal Board tankers as regular pipelines of Delhi Jal Board have not been laid in majority ofthe colonies.

There is a huge tanker mafia active in Delhi Jal Board says Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken who siphons off the major share of the Delhi people by arbitrarily and cladestinely supplying it to Five and three star Hotels, high profile restaurants and farm houses against gigantic profits.

Water shortage in Delhi is increasing year after year as the the population of the capital has increased manifold. The shortage of rains, non existent of water conservation techniques to conserve rain water and fastly depleting underground water reserves in Delhi has further added to the wows of the over populated Delhi.

Currently Haryana and to some extent Uttarakhand is quenching the thirst of Delhites and the purification of water through affluent treatment plants of several Delhi drains and badly polluted Yamuna contributing further to cope with the situation additionally.

It may be recalled that Delhi being the capital requires lot of water in contruction activities and other related works like gardening, washing cars, and for general consumption.

The rich and elites have illegally and arbitrarily dug tubewells inside their vicinity in farm houses and private localities giving rebuff to the laws and restriction norms of the Central Ground Water Commission compounded with hundreds of thousands of new borings coming up every year in Delhi, thus resulting in massive depletion of ground water level.

If this would be the spate of retrieving water from the underground sources the time is not far when the Delhites will acutely suffer for want of drinking water.

Heavy and credible checks on the right usage of water and its conservation during rainy seasons by the government agencies is the mandatory need of the hour. What’s your take friends?

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In UTTARAKHAND CM’ DISTRICT INHABITANTS STILL SUFFER FOR WANT OF ROADS, PREGNANT Women being ferried on temperory make shift Palki after covering 5 kilometre steep height

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The people in the district from where the chief minister Uttarakhand primarily hails are suffering from acute problems of health and subsequent non availability of timely treatment in the absense of metalled roads in certain villages and areas of Pauri Garhwal despite the fact that the government of Uttarakhand and its PWD wing claims to have covered majority of the Uttarakhand villages with adequate motorable roads and other health related facilities.

But the relentless struggle of more than three weeks of the inhabitants of Ghandiyal, Pali and Dangi villages under the jurisdiction of Pauri Garhwal district in KALJIKHAL BLOCK from where hails the Uttarakhand chief minister unambiguously speaks of the fact as to how severely thousands of inhabitants of these villages and the surrounding areas are suffering in the absence of roads connecting them to the town and the capital through which they can expeditiusly redress their several health, education, employment and food related grievances.

Its really the sorry state of affairs of the successive Congress and BJP governments that have ruled Uttarakhand during the last 18 years but never had the time and vision to provide roads to these villages despite the fact that these villagers have been duly exercising their franchise and electing governments of their choice. This is why in view of the lack of motorable roads and other avenues such as lack of medical treatment, quality education and jobs the people of majority of the interior villages were constrained to migrate to towns, cities and metropolises during the last 70 years after independence with over ten lakhs officially making exodus to plains during the last two decades as per the latest statistics of the newly established Migration Commission of Uttarakhand.

The picture below showing the four youths carrying a six month pregnant ill women groaning in pain on a temperory make shift arrangement walking five kilometres on a steep pathway full of potholes in order to reach the main road from where she was ferried to hospital in a private taxi as 108 mobile ambulances are rarely seen in the interior hills. According to the leader of the protesting villagers demanding the construction of Ghadiyal- Pali- Dangi motorable road Jagmohan Singh Dangi, who’s also an awakened journalist, the villagers have been approaching the authrities for the past several years requesting them to fulfill their demand of a motorable road connecting several villages of the Pauri Garhwal district but of no awail.

Now they have been constrained to raise their voice in the form of relay hunger strike, sit in Dharna and protest demonstrations. Lets see whether the current government of the BJP having a resounding majority of 57 MLAs really comes to the rescue of these suffering villagers or betrays them with false assurances again. What’s your take friends?

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