Notice to 8,437 inhabitants, more than Rs 9L collected in fines

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued notices to 8,437 residents, business establishments and companies not to destroy and check areas responsible for mosquito breeding. The BMC has also taken legal action against 594 companies which did not respond to the issuance of the notices, while Rs 9,22,800 were collected in the form of penalties.

From January 1, 2022 to August 19, the BMC found 7,484 Anopheles mosquito breeding grounds in Mumbai. Anopheles mosquitoes are responsible for the spread of malaria. Similarly, the civic body also found 47,931 Aedes mosquito breeding grounds across the city. Aedes mosquitoes spread dengue fever.

Each monsoon, the BMC Insecticide Service conducts a neighborhood inspection of all private, commercial and public spaces within its jurisdiction to ensure that there are no active breeding grounds.

According to BMC data, between January 1 and August 22, a total of 2,315 malaria cases were reported in Mumbai, while 289 dengue fever cases were reported. The civic body has called on people to take precautions, but the warnings are being ignored. According to BMC officers, their insecticide department duty employees who have visited buildings, chawls and commercial establishments have noticed water pooling on water tank lids and in pits, garages or homes, which increases mosquito breeding. The BMC also removed 10,738 tires from unused vehicles as well as 2,84,963 odd-numbered items from premises and rooftops.

BMC Insecticide Manager Rajan Naringrekar said: “We issue three types of advice. We have informed local residents of mosquito breeding sites which must be treated within 3, 5 or 7 days. We take legal action against those who do not comply. The second type of advisory is issued when people cannot tackle places like company drinking water tanks. In the third situation, we issue notices to those who have dug illegal boreholes or built a water fountain. We tell them to remove these illegal constructions. If a person does not comply within the time limit, we go to the tribunal de grande instance and issue a summons to appear. Naringrekar added that the civic body also submits documents and photos to the court which imposes penalties ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000 under the BMC law.

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