BMC’s pesticide department works on holidays to curb dengue

With rising cases of dengue in the city, BMC’s pesticide department has appointed a special team, only to spot aedes aegypti mosquitoes, responsible for spreading dengue- breeding spots. In the first 11 days of September, the city has reported 102 dengue cases. While in the month of August, only 93 dengue cases were registered


Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s pesticide department is working on Sundays and holidays to ensure Mumbaikars do not fall prey to dengue. Rajan Naringrekar, pesticide officer of the BMC said, “We now are working on Sundays and holidays till November 30 specially to bring down dengue cases in the city.”

He also informed that, the decision to appoint special team and working on holidays, were taken to ensure no loopholes are left in preventing dengue.

“On a daily basis, review is being taken. While we have this special team for every municipal ward, there are 3-4 squads for wards that are reporting more dengue cases,” said Naringrekar.

One squad has five workers. Among the municipal wards identified by BMC for high dengue cases include- M/East, E Ward, G/South, G/North, M/East, N/South, H/East, F/South, F/North, L ward.

BMC is leaving no stone unturned to tackle dengue cases in the city and expects people cooperation and support.

“The aedes aegypti mosquito’s-carrier of dengue virus breeding spots is being found in stagnant fresh water. We have found breeding spots in water storage drums, Feng Shui plants, plates or bowls, kept for feeding pets etc. We need people’s cooperation for vector control,” said Naringrekar.

He his team still faces problem, as many residential places do not allow them to entire their premises for the inspection.

So far, from January 1, 2017 to Aug 31, 2017, the corporation has issued 11,237 notices and prosecuted 637, after their inspection team found aedes aegypti breeding spots. A total fine of 22,06,000, has also been collected.