Mosquito menace: Breeding spots on the rise in Pune

The Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) health department has identified about 89,891 spots in the city where mosquito breeding is likely to take place. PMC for the first time has decided to tap cinema halls and shopping malls to curb mosquito breeding

Mosquito menace: Breeding spots on the rise in Pune

Ahead of this year’s monsoon, the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) health department has identified about 89,891 spots in the city where mosquito breeding is likely to take place. For the first time, PMC also had arranged a meeting of managers from multiplexes and cinema halls in the city to create awareness about the dangers of mosquito breeds.

PMC has undertaken a plan to spray insecticides in the identified breeding spots to curb the menace considering the danger of dengue, Chikungunya and malaria. These identified spots mostly include construction sites, tyre-repairing workshops, scrap dealer’s shops, rivers, wells, nallahs where water gets accumulated and due to stagnation mosquito breeding takes place.

Areas where highest mosquito breeding spots were identified in Pune:

Hadapsar: 26,833

Kondhawa: 10,918

Tilak Road: 9,430

Bibwewadi: 6076

Kalpana Baliwant, Assistant Medical Officer of Health, said, “Our staffers are spraying insecticides at those spots to make sure that the mosquito does not breed. If such mosquito breeding is found at any site our zonal officers will serve notices to owners.”

In urban areas, cinema halls and shopping malls gets big footfall. PMC for the first time has decided to tap them too. In the meeting arranged on Tuesday, the managers of cinema halls and shopping malls were given guidelines to curb the breeding spots, pamphlets to be displayed on the walls and self-surveillance charts to keep a check on breeding spots.

The awareness workshops would also be held in schools once they resume. Doctors doing private practice would also be included in the awareness workshops. For private spaces, PMC offers fumigation and pest controlling at Rs. 250 per square feet.  PMC is already doing awareness through its ghanta gadis, to create awareness through an announcement system installed in these vehicles.