Mayor seeks cooperation of all agencies to tackle dengue

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim on Tuesday cautioned the Central and state government agencies that stern action would be taken against them if mosquito larvae are found in their establishments.He sought cooperation of all agencies to combat dengue. Hakim presided over a high-level meeting which was held at the headquarters of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Tuesday afternoon. “I seek everyone’s cooperation because with collective effort, dengue can be controlled,” he told the gathering. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAtin Ghosh, Deputy Mayor, Khalil Ahmed, municipal commissioner and Tapas Chowdhury, special municipal commissioner along with the senior officials of KMC’s health, building, solid waste management and programme management unit departments attended the meeting. Senior officials of the state Irrigation and Waterways department, Public Works department and Transport department, along with their counterparts in Eastern Railway, Metro Railway and Central Public Works department also attended the meeting. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned that a meeting was recently held in Nabanna where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had instructed that drives should be conducted at Metro construction sites where the water kept for construction purposes might serve as potential mosquito breeding grounds. Hakim said that if mosquito larvae are found at the Central or state government establishments, KMC’s Health department would issue notice under section 496A of KMC Act. Under the section, a fine is imposed which is added to the property tax and the owner, while paying the property tax, has to pay the fine as well. The amount of fine can vary between Rs 1,000 and Rs 1 lakh. The civic authorities have identified 20 wards that are vulnerable to dengue. The councillors of the wards and the chairmen of 16 boroughs were present at the meeting. KMC has prepared a blueprint which is to be followed to carry out drives in these wards. KMC has decided to carry out anti-larvae drive throughout the year. On February 2, one hundred and forty five rallies had been brought out in all the wards. The Central rally was held at KMC headquarters. The first phase of the drive will be carried out From January to June. The second phase will be from July to October, while the follow-up drives will be conducted in November and December. It may be recalled that the KMC has successfully brought down the number of dengue affected people to one-third in 2018. The KMC drives are being led by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh.last_img

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