Bhubaneswar, Aug 10: After failing to check rising dengue cases in the capital city of Odisha, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has warned to impose penalties on households, offices and commercial establishments if potential sources of dengue mosquito breeding or larvae are found on their premises.
The civic body has announced to a fine of Rs 1000 for individual households and Rs 5000 for commercial establishments and offices.
The BMC has directed the denizens to clear garbages and unused articles like tyre, sola, plate, and damaged vehicles lying in and around the houses by August 15. Later, members of Swachha Sathi, ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers and BMC employees will conduct random checking and impose a penalty of Rs 1000 if potential sources of dengue mosquito breeding or larvae are found on their premises.
The civic body has appealed to all citizens, offices, and institutions for the removal of defunct vehicles, food carts, tyres, and plastic containers from their surroundings.
"While conducting the ward visits, it is observed that defunct and discarded materials such as damaged vehicles, food carts, wooden thelas, rickshaws, pieces of furniture, utensils, unused tyres etc. are found stacked /parked/thrown abruptly in different places/roadsides which is not only damaging the aesthetics & hygienic condition of the city but also it provides the breeding platform to mosquitoes and flies. Sometimes, these breeding centres also become the sources of dengue mosquitos and aggravate the dengue cases in the city," BMC commissioner Vijay Amruta Kulange said in a release on Wednesday.
Therefore, I appeal to all citizens to avoid stacking/parking/throwing defunct and discarded waste materials abruptly here & there. Further, it is requested all to lift the defunct and discarded materials from the surroundings of houses, offices, institutions, business places, and shops as applicable and ensure cleanliness of the surroundings to prevent the spread of dengue in the city, Kulange added.