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Malaria crackdown begins

Worried by the rising number of malaria cases, the civic body plans to impose fines of up to Rs 10,000 on housing societies that have mosquito breeding sites.

mumbai Updated: Jul 29, 2010 00:51 IST
Bhavika Jain

Worried by the rising number of malaria cases, the civic body plans to impose fines of up to Rs 10,000 on housing societies that have mosquito breeding sites.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started surveying societies and buildings to check for breeding sites. In the last 15 days, the BMC has prosecuted 26 societies. From July 12 to 24, the BMC sent notices to 569 private premises, of which 368 complied with civic norms and 122 asked for time to comply. Cases were filed against the rest.

According to Dr Arun Bamne, chief insecticide officer, a team of health officials is surveying buildings in every ward.

“If breeding sites are found in a building, a notice is sent and residents are asked to comply within 15 days. If they ask for time, then we consider extending the deadline. If they don’t comply after that, we file a case in court,” said Bamne. The BMC checks whether overhead tanks are leaking or not closed properly and if the compound and terrace have water accumulation.

Depending on the nature of repairs or work that needs to be undertaken, a timeframe is stipulated, after which a legal notice is issued. If an offence is proved, a penalty of Rs 10,000 can be imposed on the society. Such notices have been served on semi-government and government premises, such as the railways and Mumbai Port Trust. Over 200 such notices have been sent.