Failed to act against dengue, malaria menace?: State to take action

Earlier in June, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has served a notice to MMRDA over rising cases of dengue in the city. As many as 12 workers from the BMC have been diagnosed with Dengue and Malaria, due to the on-going Metro work near Mantralaya

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Mumbai Metro’s work is on the full swing. Day in and day out, the workers are on the job to deliver the swanky metro for Mumbaikars. However, Metro work is causing discomfort to BMC workers, and are not able to perform their duties.

The reason being stagnant water in the pits, which have been dug out for Metro. Due to the stagnant water, malaria and dengue cases are on the rise in the city.

While speaking in the Vidhan Parishad, MLA Sharad Ranpise had raised a question over the steps that state would take to curb the menace of dengue and malaria during the monsoon.

In a written reply to the question, Minister of State for Urban Development, Yogesh Sagar, stated, “We will be carrying an enquiry regarding this, action will be taken against those who are fail to destroy the breeding sites of mosquitoes. We are trying to prevent cases of dengue.”

He added, “Due to the on-going metro work, or construction which his on in other places in the city. Pools of contaminated water form, this can cause in turn raises the risk of dengue, malaria as mosquitoes use this as breeding spots.”

Sagar further informed, “The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Agency have started work to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes. The BMC and MMRDA is supporting their efforts. A survey is being done to find out the number of dengue, malaria patients so that these cases can be reduced. So far, in the survey the BMC has sent notices to 151 places including private construction sites and residential societies. Dengue mosquitoes were found in these places and a fine of Rs 14,000 was levied.”

He explained, “A pump has been arranged and installed at Metro excavation sites to flush out the water which comes to the surface while digging. Fogging is also being carried out by the BMC at housing societies and metro construction sites.”

“After BMC and Mantralaya workers developed dengue, we received many complaints, we took action on these complaints. A health specialist is appointed at each BMC ward to look into dengue cases. If any place is found with dengue and mosquitos, then action will be taken against the ward officer responsible for failing to act. Action will also be taken on people if mosquito breeding spots are found in their vicinity,” Sagar concluded.