The state capital’s authorities have launched a mosquito terminator train that sprays chemicals up to 60 meters high against larvae on both sides of Delhi railroad tracks to help reduce the threat of vector-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria and chikungunya.
The chemical is sprayed from a power sprayer mounted on a truck above the special train. Officials said the train would spray insecticides for 10 days through October 2, including 10 round trips.
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The train would spray anti-larval chemicals into bodies of water, pits and Jhuggi Jhopri (JJ) clusters along railroad tracks where it is risky for staff of the three citizen bodies to manually spray the chemicals, they added.
The authorities of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) started the journey in early September.
Officials said a truck mounted with a sprayer would be loaded onto an open rail car that has a low flat surface to accommodate the vehicle. The terminator train would move at a speed of 20 km / h, traveling about 150 km on each lap, they added.
Delhi has recorded 96, 42 and 97 cases of dengue fever, chikungunya and malaria as of September 5. No deaths from these vector-borne diseases have been reported to date.
Anamika Mithilesh, mayor of the SDMC, said the special train would depart from New Delhi station. It would also cover areas under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), she added.
“It will cover areas like Hazrat Nizamuddin, Lajpat Nagar, Sewa Nagar, Lodi Colony, Safdarjang, Patel Nagar, Delhi Kishanganj, Sadar Bazar, Sarai Rohilla, Inderpuri, Mayapuri, Dayabasti and the Delhi Cantonment, after which it will return to New Delhi Railway Station. In addition to the bodies of water, the train will spray insecticides over depressions that develop on both sides of the railroad tracks, where the likelihood of mosquito formation remains high during the monsoons, “she said.
In East Delhi, the train will spray larvicides on the tracks of Shahdara Station, by Vivek Vihar, Anand Vihar and Mandawali.
EDMC Mayor Nirmal Jain said mosquito breeding increases during the monsoons due to the accumulation of water in pits around railroad tracks.
“It is an effective effort to eliminate the threat of dengue, malaria and chikungunya. Precautions will save thousands of people who live near railroad tracks from these vector-borne diseases, ”Jain said.
On August 25, the three authorities – North, South and East – launched an awareness campaign about dengue, chikungunya and malaria diseases.
Similarly, on September 6, the Delhi government launched the second edition of its “10 Hafte-10 Baje-10 Minute” campaign to combat vector-borne diseases.
Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal had urged the public to check their homes for 10 minutes every Sunday at 10 a.m. for the next 10 weeks to prevent the spread of Aedes mosquitoes, which cause vector-borne diseases.