Next time when you spot stagnant water in your surroundings, ensure that it is cleaned or be ready to shell out anywhere between Rs 500 to Rs 50,000 if the corporation workers find breeding of mosquitoes in it.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has decided that they will levy the complete cost of removal of breeding on the owner of the property.
Additional Commissioner (health), SDMC, Meeta Singh said according to the new rule, which will be enforced by June, if breeding is found in your backyard you may be fined up to Rs 50,000. The corporation will impose the manpower cost, depreciation value of the machines and medicines used on the fine. “We have proposed major rule changes this year and corporation workers will have the power to impose fine,” she said.
A meeting of senior officials of South Corporation will be held within a week after which this rule will be give green signal. Presently, the Domestic Breeding Checkers (DBCs) do not have the power to impose fine. They can only issue challan and the fine amount was decided by a magistrate which would be anywhere between Rs 100 and Rs 500.
According to rough estimate, in residential areas construction is being done it will cost around Rs 5000 while in bigger multi-storied construction sites which are around 10,000 square metre may reach up to Rs 50,000, she added.
Secondly, as per the proposed new rule, the fine would be corresponding to the number of areas in which the breeding has been found. For instance, if breeding was found at five places, the owner of the property will have to pay separate fines for all the spots.
Singh said the corporation tries its best to prevent the vector borne diseases. But we do not get enough support from all sections.
“The DBCs cannot enter into households or construction sites forcibly so it is also the duty of people to ensure that there is no breeding in their backyard. So we have decided to enforce these measures,” she said.
Breeding checkers often complain us that women don’t allow them to enter and there have been cases when residents beat up breeding checkers for challenging them, said a senior official of the corporation.
In one of the worst outbreak, a total of more than 9000 cases of Chikunguniya and 4,431 cases Of dengue were reported in Delhi till December 24, 2016.