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City a den for mosquitoes

delhi Updated: Sep 26, 2012 00:31 IST
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The national Capital is becoming a breeding ground mosquitoes, if municipal officials are to be believed. The three municipal corporations in the city have found 71,000 homes in the city that have mosquito larvae breeding in water stagnating in coolers, broken cups, vases, and tyres.

This despite the fact that several lakh of rupees have been spent on organising awareness camps to check mosquito breeding in different areas.

Between January 1 and September 22, the domestic breeding checkers (DBCs) of the three corporation made two crore visits and detected larvae.

Of the 71,829 homes found guilty, notices have been sent to 61,997 while the rest were spared after warning. In 2011, mosquito breeding was detected in 72,541 houses during the same period and notices were sent to almost all of them.

Though the number of visits by DBCs is very high on paper, the resident welfare associations in the city say that they have witnessed very few visits from the DBCs or mosquito control teams to the open areas near them.

ID Sharma, general secretary of Delhi RWA Joint Front said that in their area, an open drain in Green Park and the district lake in Hauz Khas are a major cause for worry for the residents.

"They are one of the most potent mosquito breeding places and so far I have not witnessed the civic agency taking action. The lake, in particular, is used as a garbage dump that further aggravates the problem," said Sharma.

The civic bodies have, however, refuted the claims that they have not been able to control mosquito breeding in the city.

"Contrary to a media report, claiming that our DBCs are on strike, I want to make it clear that all our DBCs are reporting for work and they are not going on a strike. They are regularly visiting homes and are filing reports," Subhash Arya, leader of the house, south corporation said.

The north corporation said the problem of delay in giving salaries to the DBCs has also been solved.