Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has carried out a special drive to identify mosquito-breeding spots in the city to curb vector-borne diseases. During the drive 836 breeding spots were identified and 3,600 notices were issued to the housing societies where breeding grounds were found.
The BMC also undertook a fumigation drive at over 2,500 under construction sites across the city and assigned 360 additional insecticide officers for the destruction of breeding spots. The construction sites are known to be mosquito breeding grounds.
While speaking to The Asian Age, Rajan Naringrekar, BMC’s insecticide control officer, said, “We had conducted a special drive between March and May just to identify the mosquito breeding grounds and destroy them.”
He added, “While conducting the drive, we found 836 sites in various areas. From January till May, we have destroyed over 4,000 mosquito-breeding spots in the city. Also, notices have been issued to residents of buildings warning them about the breeding spots in their vicinity.”
According to the officials from the insecticide department of BMC, “Around 2,500 under-construction sites will be fumigated on a priority basis.”
Meanwhile, the BMC has appealed the citizens of Mumbai to get rid of scrap materials like tyres, thermocol boxes, coconut shells and plastic cans as water gets
accumulated in them and they become breeding grounds for the infectious mosquitoes.
Furthermore, civic officials have asked citizens to avoid storing water for more than seven days in utensils or other storage places and ensure that water tanks are cleaned every week as it takes around eight days for a larva to turn into mosquito.