Actor Vidya Balan, who recently returned from a film shoot in the United States, has contracted dengue and has been advised complete bed-rest by her doctors, according to a source close to her. The source confirmed that Balan will take a break from shooting Kahaani 2, her upcoming film that also stars Arjun Rampal, for at least a month. However, she will not be hospitalised just yet.
Officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) conducted a thorough inspection of Balan’s sea-facing residence, Praneta Apartments at Juhu, to find potential mosquito breeding spots. Though none were found in her home, two were found on an upper floor and one on the ground floor, in a flat that belongs to a top Bollywood actor who recently moved in there.
BMC insecticide officer Rajan Naringrekar said, “On the upper floor, one breeding ground was found in a plastic flowerpot and another under a tarpaulin cover, put up for the monsoon, on an attached terrace. The ground-floor breeding spot was inside a defunct swimming pool in which rainwater had accumulated, creating favourable conditions for mosquitoes to breed.” Naringrekar added that both offenders will soon receive notices for failing to keep tabs on the breeding grounds.
After conducting widespread inspections, the BMC has sent more than 18,000 notices to homes and offices in which it found mosquito breeding spots. It has collected more than Rs25 lakh in penalties.
BMC officials have warned people to keep an eye on water accumulation in their surroundings as areas with stagnant water could quickly turn into mosquito breeding grounds.