Clearing of empty coconut shells in the Government Colony, Bandra (East) — which has become a frequent breeding site for mosquitoes has pushed the BMC over the edge. The additional municipal commissioner of BMC, Sanjay Deshmukh, has now asked the insecticide department to serve a notice to the Public Works Department (PWD), which comes under the state government, for not cleaning the colony, which is littered with coconut shells.
According to civic officials, several suspected dengue cases in the colony and complaints by the residents prompted BMC to inspect the area. The colony houses old residential buildings with coconut trees engulfing them.
Dr Rajan Naringrekar, insecticide officer BMC,said, “Our ward staffers collected 200-250 empty coconut shells which were accumulating water and had mosquito larvae present in them.”
In the last six days, of the 98 coconut shells which had accumulated rainwater for days inside them, nine had been breeding of Aedes Aegypti mosquito. In the last fortnight, around five dengue cases have been reported from the colony. Naringrekar admitted that a suspected case of dengue was also admitted in the Guru Nanak hospital in Bandra (East).