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MCD move to check growing number of dengue cases

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NEW DELHI: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has decided to take strict action against citizens and organisations found responsible for creating mosquitogenic conditions on their premises. The civic body has taken this decision following reports of a growing number of dengue cases in various parts of the Capital.

The Municipal Commissioner, Rakesh Mehta, on Monday said under the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Malaria and other vector-borne disease) By-laws, 1975, creating mosquitogenic conditions and failure to take specific preventive measures were punishable offence with a fine of Rs.5,000.

Control rooms

Appealing to administrative heads of all government departments, autonomous organisations, commercial establishments, private firms and residents welfare associations to cooperate with the MCD to tackle the menace, Mr. Mehta said this year, 39 dengue cases have been reported so far. "Citizens ought to be watchful during monsoon and post-monsoon season since these days are most congenial for mosquitogenic conditions," he added.

The Municipal Commissioner also said the civic body has set up control rooms for anti-malaria operations that were functioning in the offices of all deputy health officers of all the 12 zones.

Citizens who want to lodge any complaint or seek information in the same can also dial 23324284.

Stating that some of the main mosquito breeding sites were water coolers and overhead water tanks, Mr. Mehta said people and organisations should check these areas.

Officials and field staff have also been asked to conduct surprise raids, he added.

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