As part of its mosquito-breeding detection drive, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s Insecticide Department has removed 3.84 lakh objects from people’s homes this year. The objects had accumulated water and could lead to the breeding of dengue and malaria mosquitoes. The list includes at least 10,000 rubber tyres typically placed on top of tarpaulin sheets in slums or chawls.

The BMC has appealed to people to ensure there is no stagnant water inside their houses. The corporation can prosecute people for allowing mosquitoes to breed in their premises.

The civic administration goes into overdrive every monsoon to prevent breeding of the aedis aegypti mosquito that causes dengue. It inspects slums, housing societies, schools and other establishments to look for breeding sites. If found, the property owner is levied a fine and has to clear the site as instructed. If he fails to do so, the BMC prosecutes him under Sections 381, 381 (A) of the MMC Act.

This year, the corporation has collected Rs. 55.29 lakh in penalty from January 1 to June 30. It had sent notices to 6,862 properties, of which prosecution was launched only against 414 while the rest complied with instructions. Between January 1 and July 11, it found around 9,526 breeding spots. Of these, 1,378 were found in July alone.

Among the objects the department retrieved were plastic cups, thermocol objects, coconut shells, cardboard boxes or others that held water.

“Despite so many awareness campaigns, we find people making the same mistakes. In large housing societies, breeding is typically found in glass dishes under bamboo saplings or in air conditioner trays. We appeal to people to not allow water to stagnate for their own safety,” said Rajan Naringrekar, Insecticide Officer. Till June 30, the city reported 21 cases of dengue and 356 cases of malaria, but there were no casualties.

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