Mosquito breeding: SDMC serves notices to 20 DTC bus depots
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) issued legal notices to 20 DTC bus depots for allegedly failing to curb mosquito breeding during monsoon, the civic body said on Tuesday. Officials said the action was taken during a special drive of the SDMC's Public Health Department to detect mosquito breeding and check control measures at Delhi Transport Corporation bus depots located in the municipality's jurisdiction.
Department found mosquito breeding at 23 out of 38 depots
"The department, during its drive, found mosquito breeding at 23 out of 38 bus depots under the jurisdiction of the SDMC. Reasons behind mosquito breeding were a collection of rainwater in scrap items lying unattended, tires, flowerpots, desert coolers, etc," the civic body said.
The depots where mosquito breeding was found
"After detecting mosquito breedings, the department initiated legal measures against caretakers/managers (of the depot) by issuing 20 legal notices and one challan against them," the civic body said in a statement. Vulnerable bus depots where mosquito breeding was found are DTC cluster bus depots at Sector-2, Sector-22, Sector-C, in Dwarka; Sukhdev Vihar, Khanpur, Vasant Vihar, Dichaou Kalan among others.
82 cases of dengue have been recorded this year
According to SDMC's Public Health Department officials, mosquito breeding increases in the monsoon so the cases of vector-borne diseases may go up. According to a report issued by the municipal corporations, 82 cases of dengue have been recorded till August 21 this year.
Breeding places were immediately destroyed
Officials said that during the monsoon, rainwater gets accumulated at empty patches of land, on the roadsides, on rooftops of buildings, and even in unattended objects giving a congenial atmosphere for breeding of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, known for spreading vector-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria, and chikungunya. Mosquito breeding was destroyed on the spot where it was detected in bus depots, the statement added.
Workshops to learn about anti-mosquito measures will happen
The insecticidal spray was also used by the civic staff, the statement said. Civic officials were directed to coordinate with caretakers/managers of bus depots and organize workshops for taking anti-mosquito measures on the premises, the statement read.