As part of its drive to locate the possible breeding grounds of Aedes Aegypti – the mosquito that breeds in fresh water and is a known carrier for dengue, chikungunya, zika and yellow fever viruses — the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) inspected Yashodhan building that houses bureaucrats in Colaba on Monday.
The officials, who inspected 42 apartments and 42 servant quarters in the building, found mosquito breeding spots at the residence of five bureaucrats.
The breeding grounds were detected in and outside the residences of Navin Sona, IAS officer, Ashish Kumar Singh, additional chief secretary, PWD, AK Jain, state information commissioner, Shyamlal Goyal, principal secretary, revenue, and JS Saharia, state election commissioner, in various spots such as balcony flower beds’ dish, water collected on plastic papers, iron pots and other such areas, revealed senior civic sources.
A senior civic officer said, “Breeding grounds were found at the residences of five IAS officers in Yashodhan apartment. We have destroyed the larvae and the spots have been cleaned. It was just a routine inspection along with various other buildings in the neighbouring areas.”
The inspection data of over 74 lakh homes, to locate mosquito breeding grounds shows that 1,828 mosquito breeding grounds were found in slum areas, while four times more homes from non-slum areas were issued notices for the same.
While actor Shahid Kapoor was issued a notice by BMC officials on September 16, after a mosquito breeding ground was found inside his swimming pool at Praneta apartments in Juhu, the bureaucrats have been exempted from being served any notice, added the sources.
Singh and Jain were not available for comment. However, Saharia said, “It was not found inside our residence but was detected in the birds’ pot kept outside our window. We regularly fill in fresh water, but could not do so as we were not at home for the past two days. However, it has been cleaned now.”
160 confirmed cases of dengue have been admitted in civic hospitals till September 15, while 2,058 probable cases of dengue have been reported, revealed BMC data.