Dengue-free air coolers launched by north body

delhi Updated: May 27, 2016 09:37 IST

NEW DELHI: The North Delhi Municipal Corporation introduced a dengue-free cooler to reduce mosquito breeding in the city.

The dengue-free coolers will have mosquito nets above the water level to prevent mosquitoes from entering and laying eggs in the water. The cooler will also use the extract of a plant called Agave Americana instead of temephose granules, petrol or diesel to curb the breeding of the mosquitoes.

“The extract of crushed leaves from the plant when used in a particular amount as per the capacity of the tank, destroys the larva within 1 to 8 hours. This would be expanded to other zones as well,” said Praveen Gupta, commissioner, north municipal body. He said the coolers were designed by National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

First Published: May 27, 2016 09:37 IST