During the municipal body’s review meeting on the malaria control norms, it was found that government bodies, including the railways and National Textile Corporation (NTC), have been slow in implementing the anti-malaria measures in their areas.
This defeats the purpose of the anti-malaria campaign undertaken by the municipal corporation in other areas.
“We took a review meeting and found that builders have been largely following norms. But it was a problem with government bodies, especially the NTC that controls vast tracts of mill land in Mumbai,” said a senior civic official, requesting anonymity for lack of authorisation to talk to the media.
“The railways had been a problem initially, but now they have begun fumigation and other measures, but the NTC needs to start implementing measures seriously,” the official added.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said: “We will be writing to the NTC and the railways to implement the guidelines as soon as possible.”
The municipal corporation had faced a lot of flak from all quarters for its failure to handle the unprecedented rise in malaria cases.
Subsequently, the corporation issued guidelines to curb the mosquito menace at construction sites and public places.