Aundh Vikas Manch flays PMC claims
The Aundh Vikas Manch (AVM) has objected to the "opening statement" in the anti-vector borne disease pamphlet circulated by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
Girish Deshpande of AVM said the pamphlet says: "Pune has a fairly low population of mosquitoes. Therefore, the breakout of dengue or malaria fever is practically nil."
"Who is making this statement and what/which city is Pune being benchmarked against? What data does the PMC health department have to make such hollow statements?" he asked. AVM, he said, seeks explanation from PMC, given the fact that 300 persons have been affected by dengue in the last three months, with three succumbing to it.
"While it is people's co-operation that would be beneficial to tackle this impending danger, it would be also nice if citizens could be informed of confidence building measures taken by PMC and public could actually see the effort of civic administration at ground level, which is deficient," Deshpande said, adding, only sporadic de-fogging activities are being carried out in Pune.
"For instance, Aundh-Baner area has seen only one fogging exercise per locality, anti-larval oil is never sprayed on puddles, ponds and plot owners are never forced to keep their open/unused plots clean and clear of foliage."
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