A day after the civic body served a notice to Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor after mosquito- breeding sites were found at his residence, statistics from the BMC has revealed that four times more mosquito-breeding sites were found in buildings than in slums.
According to statistics of the BMC’s insecticide department, 1,828 mosquito-breeding sites were found in slums and 7,118 mosquito-breeding sites were found in buildings during January and August. In all, more than 74 lakh houses were inspected. Some of the buildings inspected were those of Bollywood actors and celebrities, said officials.
The insecticide department carries out inspections as a preventive measure to find out the mosquito breeding sites of Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which can spread dengue and chikungunya, among other illnesses.
The highest number of mosquito breeding sites were found in Andheri (E) area — 884. It is followed by Worli with 797 and Byculla with 789 sites.
“In all, we have served 13,593 notices for mosquito breeding sites and we have initiated legal proceedings in 927 cases,” said Rajan Naringrekar, insecticide officer.
Officials said that stagnant water in pots or drums led to mosquito breeding. “If water is stagnant anywhere, in the house or in the building for more than a week, it obviously leads to mosquito breeding. So, it should be replaced at least once a week,” said an official.
Officials from the insecticide department also appealed to the public to co-operate with them during the inspections. “We are not allowed to enter buildings most of the times and have to seek help from the police to carry out inspections. City residents should understand that it is in their interest,” said Naringrekar.
On Friday, the insecticide officials were initially not allowed to enter Shahid Kapoor’s building. BMC officials were allowed only after they sought help from the police.
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Civic officials said earlier, they could not enter the houses of Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Sushmita Sen. “They will be contacted to inspect the buildings,” he said.
Officials said that a legal case would be filed against Shahid Kapoor and others for negligence in a day or two.