Delhi has been facing such intense problems when it comes to vector-borne diseases that authorities have been searching for a solution that can make a difference on a big scale.
As part of a public health initiative, the Northern Railways has launched a ‘mosquito terminator’ train that will spray insecticides on water bodies near the railway tracks in Delhi to curb mosquito breeding.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has provided a power sprayer truck, which is mounted on a wagon on the train. The train was flagged off from the New Delhi railway station today.
The water bodies formed near railway tracks are tough to sanitize in an effective manner so this step could help curb the rising number of patients infected with mosquito-borne diseases like chikungunya and dengue.
An official said that the sprays will sanitize large and inaccessible areas that lie at a distance of 50-60 meters from the tracks; all this sanitizing will also occur at a faster speed.
The ‘Mosquito Terminator’ will travel at a speed of 20 kmph and cover a distance of around 150 km per cycle over a period of 2 days. Four rounds of spraying have been scheduled after intervals of two weeks.
The train will cross Sarai Rohilla, Patel Nagar, Delhi Cantonment, Palam, Safdarjung, Kishanganj, Lajpat Nagar, Nizamuddin, Adarsh Nagar, Shahdara and Gurgaon.