Is there a stagnant pool of water at your home or property?
Well, it is time you clear that, because with the advent of the monsoon season, such sites offer fertile ground for dengue and chikungunya-carrying mosquitoes to breed, and your municipal corporation can file an FIR against you.
According to the Times of India, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation recently registered FIRs against three people in the posh Greater Kailash area for negligence, since sites for mosquito breeding were found at their construction sites.
“Three FIRs have been lodged in GK. All these cases were of big construction sites flouting norms and leading to large-scale mosquito breeding. We will impose penalties up to Rs 50,000 and FIRs will also be lodged with the Delhi Police in case of violation by repeat offenders, construction sites, and commercial properties. By being negligent, these people are putting the lives of others in danger,” said a senior official of the SDMC, speaking to the Times of India.
Domestic breeding checkers from the three corporations of the national capital found such negligence across more than 47,000 homes, out of which 23,000 were in South Delhi alone.
“We have issued 22,500 legal notices and recovered over Rs 37 lakh from penalties. In 2,360 cases, the prosecution was also done. This campaign will only intensify now that the rains have arrived,” said Narender Chawla, the mayor of SDMC.
Anopheles mosquitoes transmit vector-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya. Since they breed in clear water, the focus of municipal officials has been on posh areas which have coolers, fountains and pools present in their premises, reports the publication.
“We must note that the mosquitoes swarming the city are mostly harmless Culex mosquitoes that breed in dirty water and not the disease-causing Aedes aegypti, that breed in fresh water,” said another official.
SDMC officials also spoke to the publication about how this is the first time that Delhi’s civic bodies were registering police complaints regarding cases of mosquito breeding.
While conducting awareness campaigns among residents about the dangers of such sites and the diseases that can occur, is all well and good, the time has come to impose strict penalties against offenders.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)