Senior functionaries of the three municipal corporations held a joint conference on Tuesday and inexplicably put the blame for the dengue and chikungunya outbreak at the public doorstep.Accusing the people of not cooperating with the field staff, Subhash Arya, leader of House of South Corporation, maintained that the officials were trying their best to curb mosquito breeding. “We have deployed additional manpower and machinery in the areas under our jurisdiction. The problem is that people don’t cooperate when the field staff comes visiting.“ Arya alleged that the Delhi government had refused to hold a joint meeting with the civic bodies this year to prepare an action plan to fight vector-borne diseases.Shailendra Singh, chairman of the standing committee of the South Corpora tion, said residents in upscale areas refused to let their staff in for checks. “We have directed senior officials to accompany field staff to ensure they don’t face resistance from people. We have also asked principals to allow checks and fogging after school hours.“Singh said 25 teams had been deployed for such work in schools alone. Asked why the mobile fever clinics were working for just 3-4 ho urs a day , Arya said instructions had been issued to ensure their round-the-clock operation.VP Pandey , leader of House of North Delhi Municipal Corporation, claimed the situation was under control in their area. “We have asked the health department to stay vigilant.“ East Corporation mayor Satya Sharma said the civic body had taken adequate measures despite fund crunch.