Pune sees an increase of 76,000 mosquito breeding spots in one year after merger of villages
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Pune sees an increase of 76,000 mosquito breeding spots in one year after merger of villages

While there were 89,000 mosquito breeding spots in the city in 2016-17, the number has now reached 1, 65,000 in 2017-18, according to Pune municipal corporation’s (PMC) health department. Many of the spots have come up in the newly merged 11 villages.

pune Updated: Aug 20, 2018 16:31 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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PMC has served over 4, 500 notices to different entities in the city.(HT PHOTO)

The number of mosquito breeding spots in the city has increased exponentially over the past year due to the civic authority’s failure to take sufficient precautions and merger of additional areas within the municipal limits.

While there were 89,000 mosquito breeding spots in the city in 2016-17, the number has now reached 1, 65,000 in 2017-18, according to Pune municipal corporation’s (PMC) health department.Many of the spots have come up in the newly merged 11 villages.

PMC has served over 4, 500 notices to different entities in the city. According to Vaishali Jadhav, assistant health officer in PMC’s health department, maximum number of notices were served in the newly merged 11 villages within the PMC limits.

She said, “Number of mosquito breeding spots is very high in the newly merged 11 villages in the city. Number of illegal constructions, unhygienic conditions and poor infrastructure has led to the situation worsening in the area

While authorities have come under the scanner for not being able to control the rise in the number of breeding spots, the PMC officials have pointed out that citizens, too, are not taking enough precautionary measures to avoid the situation.

Jadhav said, “PMC is doing its best. We have conducted entomological surveys based on which we have taken various measures, where we have destroyed numerous breeding spots.”

Majority of the notices were served to construction sites, followed by open spaces where water gets accumulated in residential societies and garages.PMC has so far registered 17 cases.

According to Jadhav, while the civic authorities have taken various measures to control diseases from spreading, citizens are not equally participating in the civic body’s efforts to reduce the number of breeding spots.

She said, “We have a staff of only 500 people which is way less than compared to what is needed. With such a number, we are doing the best we can. However, even after our repeated requests to citizens, they don’t take enough measures to stop water from accumulating in their areas.”

Meteoric rise in breeding spots across city

89,000 - Breeding spots for mosquitoes in the city in 2016-17

1, 65,000 - Breeding spots for mosquitoes in the city in 2017-18

4,500 - Notices served to different entities, majority of them are construction sites followed by open spaces where water gets accumulated in residential societies, garages

17- Cases registered by PMC

Dos and Dont’s:

1) Do not let water accumulate at one place for a long time

2) Avoid clogged kitchen and bathroom drains

3) Developers in the city should ensure that waterlogging does not take place at construction sites

4) Avoid water accumulation in coolers, buckets, flower vases

5) Do not let water get accumulated in air conditioner trays

6) Regularly clean water containers used by pets in home

Dengue cases so far in the city

Private hospitals: Over 175

Government centres: 28

First Published: Aug 20, 2018 16:30 IST