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Reviewing the situation of water supply and vector-borne diseases at a meeting of senior officers of Government of Delhi, MCD, NDMC, Delhi Jal Board, DDA, NICD, and Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Dr. Walia also called for chlorination of all the tube wells.
Expressing concern at the increase in cases of cholera in the city, Dr. Walia directed taking of immediate steps in areas where the cases are being reported. He also stressed the need for education the public about their personal hygiene and directed MCD and DJB to jointly lift at least 600 water samples to ensure safe supply of potable water.
The Health Minister also directed the DJB to check all the water pipes and to ensure that they were not passing through drains. He further told the civic agency to furnish certificates to this effect. Besides, Dr Walia said all hand pumps should be painted red so that the public may not use water drawn from them for drinking. Also, he directed that all water tankers should be thoroughly cleaned and demanded that they make at least four trips per day for providing proper potable water supply in the city.
The Minister also directed strict implementation of the ban on selling of cut fruits and informed the meeting that under various raids 15 water trolleys, 25 sugar cane crushers, 405 rehris and 3,357 kg of unwholesome food and 5,746 kg of unwholesome ice had been destroyed in the past week.
In order to prevent spread of disease, Dr. Walia also directed increased anti-larval spray and called for removal of hyacinth from the Yamuna, drains and ponds besides undertaking of desilting works on a war footing.
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