HC notices to Local Government Department, MC Khanna. Chandigarh – Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday issued notices for December 18 in a petition filed jointly Balram Kumar Balli and his sister-inlaw, Bharti, widow of Wishal Bali of Khanna seeking compensation from the Punjab government and Municipal Council at the rate of Rs 10 lakh each for death of Lalit (son of Balram Kumar Balli) and Vishal Balli (husband of Bharti), due to dengue.The petitioners have pleaded before Single Bench headed by Justice Rajan Gupta that the Municipal Council, Khanna did not take preventive measures and failed to discharge its statutory obligations under various sections of the Punjab Municipal Council Act, 1911, pertaining to supplying wholesome drinking water to the residents and failed to disinfect the houses and streets of their colony at ward no 22, Peer Khanna Road, Khanna which was over-flooded with rain water. The water had entered even into their houses, the sewerage water had mixed with drinking water due to leakage of pipes.On complaint filed by petitioner Balram Kumar Balli in August 2015, the SMO, Khanna constituted a team and visited their area, and submitted his report, in which he stated that in such conditions, the outbreak of various diseases, like jaundice, typhoid, vomiting, loose motions, malaria and dengue, may take place. There spondents are therefore, liable to compensate the petitioners for the two dengue deaths. During oral arguments on Wednesday, the counsel for petitioner HC Arora submitted that as per newspaper reports of Wednesday, around 8,400 patients of dengue have been registered this year in Punjab and of suspected dengue patients is around 18,000, which reflects a very serious situation.
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