When fogging van doesn’t works, let’s switch to a train! The government of Delhi after being tried of taking all the prevention against dengue and still losing the battle has come up with this brilliant idea of launching a ‘terminator train’. This train will terminate the widespread of dengue and chikungya in the region.
A special train, Terminator on Wheels, is set to deal with the mosquito menace in Delhi-NCR by spraying insecticides along the railway tracks. The special train is envisaged to mitigate the health hazards of mosquito breeding in the pits alongside construction sites of rail tracks.
The government resorted to this measure due to an increase in the number of cases of dengue, malaria and chikangunya fever in and around the vicinity of Delhi. The train will have a truck-mounted power sprayer that will spray insecticides to prevent mosquito breeding in water bodies near railway tracks.
As per the schedule prepared by the Railways and SDMC, the spraying will happen in four rounds of two days each in the months of September and October: 23-24 September, 26-27 September, 7- 8 October and 14-15 October.
There will be a maximum of two weeks’ interval between two rounds depending upon the availability of tracks. The train is expected to cover approximately 150 km per round and will pass through 12 major areas. These include Delhi Sarai Rohilla, Patel Nagar, Delhi Cantt, Palam, Safdarjung, Kishanganj, Lajpat Nagar, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Adarsh Nagar, Rathdhana, Shahdara and Gurgaon.
“The idea has been adopted because normally it is very difficult to take around a wagon loaded with a truck on or near the tracks as Delhi is so busy that even passenger trains have to wait many times,” said Northern Railways spokesperson Neeraj Verma. He added that this attempt is being worked out for over many years now, especially during the periods when diseases like malaria, filaria, dengue, chikungunya and Japanese encephalitis are at their peak.
Notably, cases of dengue and chikungunya have reached 2,625 and 1,378, respectively, in the national capital and the state government has been pro-active in tackling the menace with measures like fogging. The trains will sanitize areas within 50-60 km range from the tracks.
A SDMC official, on the condition of anonymity, said colonies and slums near the railway tracks are prone to water-borne diseases because of lack of hygiene.
Let’s hope this measure by Delhi government will turn out to be fruitful and help in improving the health conditions of our nation capital!