The Punjab government has started challaning owners of houses where water is found stagnant and mosquitoes are breeding. The local bodies department in collaboration with the health department is conducting surprise checks and issues challans to defaulters.
As per the Punjab Muncipal Corporation Act-1976, if the water is found stagnant on any private or government premises, the local civic body has power to issues notice to clean the area within 24 hours, failing which a fine of Rs 2000 can be slapped on the defaulter.
Earlier, Punjab health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani had requested the local government department to accelerate the challaning process of offenders who were not keeping their surroundings clean and allowing breeding of aedes (mosquito responsible for spread of dengue).
*Total cases 1,401
*Four new suspected dengue deaths, two from Amritsar, one each from
Ludhiana and Kapurthala, were reported on Thursday