Over 50 notices issued to Rashtrapati Bhavan over mosquito breeding
The New Delhi Municipal Council has issued 52 notices to the Rashtrapati Bhavan since January over mosquitoes breeding in several pools of stagnant water in the complex.delhi Updated: Aug 21, 2016 19:00 IST
The New Delhi Municipal Council has issued 52 notices to the Rashtrapati Bhavan since January over mosquitoes breeding in several pools of stagnant water in the complex.
The notices were issued after mosquito larvae were found at many places in the 320-acre estate.
According to municipal reports, at least 171 cases of dengue have been reported this season in Delhi with 52 of these being recorded in the first week of August.
The vector-borne disease has claimed two lives so far during this season.
“We have issued 52 notices to various complexes and residential quarters in the Presidential Estate. We had formed teams to inspect the Rashtrapati Bhavan premises, which then spotted mosquitogenic conditions,” a senior NDMC official said.
The teams included members from the sanitation and horticulture units at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, and the civil engineering unit under the Central Public Works Department and members of the malaria unit of the NDMC health department.
Last year, the NDMC had issued over 125 notices to the President’s Estate after “heavy” mosquito-breeding was found at various places on its sprawling campus.
Advisories have been issued to more than 50 embassies that fall in the NDMC area to be active in controlling the breeding of mosquitoes.
The NDMC official said the civic body does not have the authority to issue challans or serve notice to the embassies, and would extend all support to embassies in controlling mosquito breeding.
Regarding government offices and residential colonies, the official said if after inspection, the premises are found to be positive for mosquito breeding, then notices are served.
Safdarjung hospital, the Delhi Golf Club, Shivaji Stadium and Akashwani Bhawan are among the 146 buildings challaned by the civic body over dengue breeding this season.
The civic body has issued 3,337 notices this season.
Among the buildings that have been issued notices by the NDMC are prominent hospitals including AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and the LHMC hospital.
Hotels such as Ashoka and Taj Mansingh have also been issued notices after the inspection team detected mosquitogenic conditions at their premises.
“If no improvement is found in the hygiene conditions during the next inspection, the defaulters are issued challans,” the official said.