The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has found high Aedes mosquito breeding in many government and private institutions. To keep a check on this, it will launch a special checking and prosecution drive from next week.
MCD commissioner KS Mehra said mosquitoes were found rampantly breeding in 23,593 premises, while 30,693 persons were served legal notices and 1,466 persons fined. “Delhi is experiencing intermittent rains as a result of which breeding sites of Aedes mosquito have increased.
Central Cross Checking Teams of MCD, National Institute of Malaria Research and National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme have reported high Aedes mosquito breeding indices from various institutions such as IIT Campus, NIHFW, JNU Campus, police stations, offices and educational institutions besides areas such as Netaji Nagar, Prithviraj Road, Kusumpur Pahari huts, Pratap Vihar Phase-II, Nithari Village, JJ Colony Uttam Nagar, Tulsi Ram colony, Nangal Raya, Indra Park, Mangolpuri Phase-I, Sadar Bazar Delhi Cantonment, Railway Colony Punjabi Bagh, Raj Nagar and Palam areas of Nazafgarh zone.
“MCD will launch a special checking and prosecution drive from next week. Persons and institutions will be prosecuted under Delhi Municipal Corporation (Malaria & other Vector Borne Diseases) Bye-laws, 1975, for creating mosquitogenic conditions and failure to take specified preventive measures, if breeding is detected,” said Mehra. Delhi has so far reported 11 laboratory confirmed cases of dengue, with one death. A 55-year-old man died of the disease at New Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on July 9.