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Mumbai civic body finds 85 dengue, malaria hotspots in Bandra, Andheri

The BMC destroyed 10,260 breeding spots across Mumbai during the same period.

mumbai Updated: Jul 21, 2017 10:31 IST
Geetanjali Gurlhosur
Geetanjali Gurlhosur
Hindustan Times
Mumbai city news,Malaria,Dengue
The BMC also found 870 potential breeding spots in Andheri and Bandra areas of Mumbai.(AFP)

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday said they have destroyed 85 mosquito breeding spots and found 870 potential ones in Andheri (West) and Bandra (West) alone in the past six months. This data was revealed after the civic body entered a controversy over sending a notice to RJ Malishka Mendonsa’s mother for mosquito breeding at their Bandra home.

The civic body destroyed 10,260 breeding spots across the city during the same period. From January 1 to July 18, BMC inspected residential areas and sent 390 and 480 notices to residents of H/West ward (Bandra) and K/West ward (Andheri) for potential breeding spots.

According to Rajan Naringrekar, insecticide officer, BMC, after notices are sent for open and stagnant water, residents are given a certain number of days before the second inspection is conducted.

Naringrekar told HT, “Apart from the 870 notices under section 381 and section 381 (A) of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, 14 people in Bandra and 71 people in Andheri were sent notices under section 381 (B) for breeding mosquitoes in and around their homes.”

Under section 381 (B) of MMC Act, a person can be prosecuted before a magistrate for not taking preventive measures against mosquito breeding. Across the city, 432 people have been prosecuted in the last seven months. The fine collected from each errant is between Rs2,000 to Rs10,000, officials said.

Most residents welcomed the BMC’s measures to prevent mosquito breeding but wished that people were more aware about this issue.

Anandini Thakoor, trustee of Bandra (West) Federation, said, “The BMC is not to be blamed for such measures as these diseases have to be eradicated. But, the civic body is a bit laid back. Their measures need to be more stringent.”

James John of AGNI, an NGO that used to conduct training sessions on precautions against malaria and dengue in Andheri (E) till 2015, told HT, “Apart from these measures, NGOs should be involved in educative training. Every person can easily contribute to decreasing spots where water is stagnant. We will most likely hold training sessions with the help of BMC officials in August.”

Savita Mehra of Dr Peter Dias Rd ALM, said BMC needs to tell people which plants are mosquito repellent and which are not. She added, “An easy way to kill larvae in open water containers is to put just a drop or two of oil. The screen of oil will not allow the larvae to breathe.”

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 10:31 IST