BENGALURU: With cases of chikungunya and dengue being reported in the city, the High Court too has taken note of the mosquito menace.
On Tuesday, the High Court directed the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to take up fogging across the city to control mosquitoes that cause such diseases.
A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice B V Nagarathna said there has been no coordinated effort to curb the mosquito menace, and asked the Urban Development Secretary to take steps for this. The authorities should also ensure availability of platelets in hospitals, the bench said.
Hearing a public interest litigation on solid waste management, Justice Mukherjee said two of his employees and one of the judges of the court had suffered due to chikungunya.
The bench dismissed a PIL filed by environmentalist Vallish V Kaushik challenging the setting up of a waste processing unit at B M Kaval, near Banashankari Sixth Stage Layout.
The bench observed, “If a full-fledged layout comprising about 25,000 sites can be set up close to a forest, why can’t a waste processing unit for solid waste management be set up in a civic amenity site?”
Vallish had said in his plea that the site chosen as the waste processing plant is close to a forest area.
The bench noted that the waste generated in a ward has to be processed in that ward itself and cannot be transferred to another place as per the new policy.