HC wants Corpn. to spell out dengue-control measures

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The Madras High Court on Monday ordered notices to the State government as well as Greater Chennai Corporation on a public interest litigation petition seeking a direction to pay ₹10 lakh each to the families of all those who had died due to dengue besides providing free and immediate treatment for dengue patients in private hospitals of their choice.
Justices M. Sathyanarayanan and N. Seshasayee sought the response of the government as well as the Corporation by October 15. They also impressed upon the need for people to have greater civic sense, ensure that their surroundings were kept clean and hygienic in order to avoid spread of such epidemics and not to litter around in common public spaces.
“There cannot be absolute insulation from any illness. The Society too has to cooperate with the establishment. Citizens alone have to keep their surroundings clean, only an aberration can be rectified by the authorities,” the judges told advocate A.P. Suryaprakasam who had filed the PIL petition and argued it in person.
When the petitioner pointed out that the corporation was also responsible for breeding of mosquitoes by turning a blind eye to unclaimed and abandoned vehicles parked on roadsides for years together and referred to Avvai Shanmugam Salai, the judges pulled up the corporation officials for not maintaining pavements properly. “Why did you widen the pavements in the city if they were going to be used only as vehicle parking lots,” the judges asked a government counsel.