Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday wrote to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urging him to take steps to curb spread of dengue in Salia Sahi slum in Bhubaneswar.
Pradhan stated in the letter that more than one lakh people reside in Salia Sahi and if immediate steps are not taken, dengue situation could aggravate further in the slum.
The Union Minister also mentioned in the letter about lack of proper drainage and sewerage system in Salia Sahi.
The Salia Sahi Anchalika Committee had submitted a petition on dengue before Pradhan following which the Union Minister wrote to the Chief Minister drawing his attention.
Though residents of Salia Sahi claim five persons of the slum have died so far because of dengue, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has put the death toll at only one.