Four construction firms in the city have been issued stop-work notices by the civic body for not following anti-malaria norms at their construction sites.
Since June 1, more than 1,000 patients have been admitted to various civic hospitals with malaria. On Saturday 282 people were admitted to various hospitals of which 227 were suffering from fever and suspicious malaria-dengue and 55 from gastro.
Rajiv Kuknur, chief engineer of the civic building proposal department, said, “We are reviewing all construction sites and have instructed that notices be issued to those sites that have not followed civic norms on anti-malaria measures.”
According to civic data, construction work is currently going on at 2,266 sites in the city and the health department issued an initial notice to all these sites. Of these 2,262 sites responded that they were making the requisite corrections, which means they agreed to keep the site clean, clear debris regularly and take other necessary anti-malaria measures.
“The civic BP department has issued stop-work notices to four sites, two are from island city and one each from the eastern and western suburbs,” said Kuknur.
The civic health department has also planned special blood test camps at 2,262 construction sites from June 20 to 25.
“If we find any patients testing positive for malaria or dengue during special blood test drive we will start medical treatment on the spot. We have also planned to have meetings with representatives of all developers to make them aware about our anti-malaria measures,” said civic executive health officer Dr A A Bandiwadekar.
The BMC has come under attack from all quarters for its failure to handle the unprecedented rise in malaria cases in the city and has drawn up guidelines to curb the menace at construction sites and public places.
On Friday, a construction site worker at Shriram Mills compound in Worli died from suspected malaria. According to BMC officials, Firoz Alam, 21, construction worker already had symptoms of malaria when he came from Bihar last week.