Mumbai: BMC Chief Makes An Attempt For A ‘Mosquito-Free’ City

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Every year during the monsoon, the state government and the respective civic bodies, take necessary measures to control the spread of dengue across the state.

Similarly, in a review meeting held on monsoon preparedness, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) chief Iqbal Singh Chahal has directed its official and other agencies to make an attempt for a ‘mosquito-free’ city by April 30.

Chahal has set a target to equip mosquito-proof water tanks, dispose waste & scrap materials, and fumigate mosquito-breeding. He also instructed the officials to send photos after completing the works in the internal WhatsApp group.

However, experts, in the meeting, informed about measures to be undertaken to prevent the accumulation of water, which is a breeding ground for the mosquitoes.

Therefore, Chahal asked the insecticide department, health department and solid waste management department to take appropriate measures to prevent outbreaks of dengue and malaria.

Meanwhile, according to the state economic survey revealed last week, Malaria cases in Maharashtra have doubled in the past two years, when the nation is reeling under the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, Chahal instructed the civic administration to coordinate with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for the ongoing Metro work to prevent waterlogging during the monsoon.

Besides, in a meeting held last week, the roads department was directed to finish all ongoing road work before May 15, and the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) agency was asked to stay vigilant regarding electric supply during rains.

Earlier, in December, as per a data shared by the officials revealed that the cases related to dengue fever in Mumbai increased significantly by over a six-fold jump in 2021. In 2020, the municipal corporation recorded fewer cases.



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