Mumbai: BMC kills 1.09 lakh rats ahead of the monsoon season: RTI data

Rats are known carriers of various diseases, including leptospirosis. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation claims to have killed over 1 lakh rats in the first three months

BMC commissioner asks Mumbaikars to ‘starve’ rats to curb diseases

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has claimed to have killed more than 1.09 lakh rats till April 10 this year, reveals an RTI data. 

The rodents are the known carriers of various diseases, including leptospirosis, and can affect the health of the Mumbaikars’.

Recently, BMC commissioner suggested that, in order to avoid the rat menace, people should starve rats.

Every monsoon, Mumbaikars have to wade through a lot of issues, such as water-borne diseases, and flooding. But most importantly, rat menace. People can fall prey to diseases like leptospirosis as this disease is transmitted from animals to humans.

In order to kill the rodents, the BMC works 24X7, round the clock. This year too, to keep diseases at bay, the BMC has killed over 1.09 lakh rats in the first three months this year.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, an RTI activist, Chetan Kothari, said, “The BMC has provided the data of the last three years. Last year, the BMC had killed over 2.48 lakh rats.”

While Dr Rajan Naringrikar, the Head of the insecticide department, said, “This year, till now, we have killed more than 1.09 lakhs rats in Mumbai city and the suburbs. The BMC commissioner, a few days ago, had suggested that Mumbaikars should starve rats. So that the rat menace will not cause any health issues during the Monsoon season.”

Last year, three people lost their lives due to leptospirosis during the monsoon season.