THE INDORE Municipal Corporation (IMC) on Wednesday invited M/s Laxmi Fumigation - a firm that has boldly promised to reduce the City’s mosquito population by 75 per cent within a week - to demonstrate the efficacy of its methods at Devguradia trenching ground.
Impressed by the results, the IMC Health Department says it might contract out the job to the firm if it can sustain its initial performance over a three-day trial period. “The firm used fogging and spray machines which exterminated larvae, mosquitoes as well as other varieties of winged insects during the hour-long demo which began at 3.30 pm.
We are already thinking of handing over spraying of pesticides to private parties and if similar results are obtained the firm may well bag the job,” revealed Mayor-in-Council (MiC) member in charge of Health Department Rajendra Rathore.
Meanwhile, galvanised by reports of the City’s first dengue death, Health Department officials moved into overdrive. Rathore today summoned heads of all 12 municipal zones to review sanitation conditions in their areas. He directed them to ensure that there was no let-up in sanitation tasks during the meeting organised at the Jawahar Marg zone office.
The MiC in charge called for regular spraying of nullahs and stagnant water pools by the anti-malarial squad and immediate disposal of garbage to stem the possibility of a dengue pandemic.
Earlier, millions of larvae were destroyed during the fogging and spraying exercise carried out at the Devguradia trenching ground. After the exercise concluded, Rathore directed the firm to carry out fumigation tasks at Meghdoot Nagar and adjoining areas over the next 72 hours.
It may be noted that Collector Vivek Aggarwal, apprehending the possibility of an outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases, had directed the Corporation to outsource fumigation and pesticide tasks at a meeting held on October 4.