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KMC set to launch special drives as number of dengue cases climb

first_imgKolkata: The health wing of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will launch special drives in vast areas of Tollygunge, New Alipore, Golf Club and Jodhpur Park covering wards 81, 93, 95, 97 and 99, where the number of dengue cases has seen an alarming rise.A high-level meeting was held to discuss the measures to be adopted by the KMC to combat the situation on Tuesday afternoon. The meeting was chaired by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh. Ghosh said that the number of people afflicted with the disease in these posh areas of South Kolkata is far more than the North and Central parts of the city. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe said many houses in New Alipore, Jodhpur Park and Golf Club remain under lock and key and the civic workers have no access there. Recently, the civic workers used a ladder to reach the roof of an abandoned house at Baghajatin in ward 99 and found mosquito larvae there. Apart from this, some abandoned factories in South Kolkata and the southern fringes of the city have posed a serious threat as well, as the conservancy workers cannot go inside the factories and clear the accumulated garbage. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayGhosh has ordered the civic employees to break open the locks of such factories under Section 546 of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Act, 1980 and conduct cleaning operation. The Deputy Mayor regretted that despite repeated requests, there are many people who are not cleaning the containers that store water, at least once a week. There are also owners who do not clean flower vases, pots and the trays of refrigerators at least once a week. The clear water accumulated in these serve as potential breeding ground for the Aedes Egypti mosquitoes, which are primarily responsible for causing dengue. Ghosh added that the newly-acquired drones have helped KMC spot water patches on the roofs of high-rise buildings, which serve as breeding grounds for mosquito larvae. He appealed to people from all walks of life to follow the dos and don’ts listed by KMC, in order to check the spread of the disease.last_img

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