If you are building a new home, be sure to fill up all water puddles at the site if you want to avoid a hefty fine.
With construction sites proving to be the most conducive environment for breeding of mosquito larvae, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation has suggested a 10-fold hike in the challan rates - to Rs. 5000 from the existing Rs. 500.
"Construction sites require a lot of water but many a time it is allowed to stagnate in corners. This leads to the breeding of mosquito larvae. We have suggested that since building a home costs lakhs of rupees, the fines should be higher," said Rajesh Gehlot, chairman of the standing committee, south municipal corporation.
No hike in fines has been suggested for larvae found in water coolers and potted plants at homes. The suggestion comes in the wake of an increasing number of complaints from domestic mosquito breeding checkers and officials that people allow water to stagnate at construction sites and do not mind paying Rs. 500 as fine.
The standing committee of the corporation has asked its executive wing to prepare a proposal to that affect and submit it for approval.
While dengue will stop being a threat in a few weeks, the corporation hopes that once the proposal is fast-tracked, things will improve by next year.
"We are trying to bring in the proposal as soon as possible. Some change in the fine is needed to curb the dengue menace," added Gehlot.
Compared to 2011, the number of homes where mosquitoes were found breeding has increased by 13,440 -taking the total to 10,1306 so far.
Dengue cases keep pouring in
Despite temperatures dropping in the city, dengue cases continued to soar even on Sunday. Hospital representatives said that at least 12 cases were received in every hospital.
The total number of dengue cases rose to 1401 -- 522 in South Delhi, 473 in North and 344 in East Delhi areas. State Health Minister A K Walia said his ministry would hold a review meeting on Monday to discuss the preventive measures.
"We are holding a review meeting to assess the spread of the diseases such as dengue and swine flu in the city on Monday and based on the feedback, we will take measures," he said.