The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) sent notices to at least three Bollywood actors and a singer after mosquito breeding sites were found during a routine inspection in their homes and gardens. With temperature rising, case of dengue, caused by Aedes Aegypti breeding indoors, are steadily climbing.
Actors Juhi Chawla residing in Malabar Hills, Jitendra living in Juhu, and Anil Kapoor residing in Juhu, were issued notices under Section 381 B of Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, 1888, for not taking measures to prevent mosquito breeding. Singer Amit Kishor Ganguly, also residing in Juhu, was issued a similar notice.
According to sources, BMC officials found breeding sites in a fountain in a garden at Jitendra’s residence. At Anil Kapoor’s residence, a breeding site was found outside his house in a tarpaulin sheet. Kapoor’s daughter and actor Sonam Kapoor had contracted dengue earlier. According to civic officials, a breeding site was found in an ornamental pot at Chawla’s flat.
As per the MMC Act, BMC can impose a fine of Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000 on offenders not preventing mosquito breeding in private premises. Since September 1, 1,648 breeding sites have been found in residential societies, corporate buildings, educational institutes and government buildings.
The city is witnessing a rise in dengue with 2,496 undergoing symptomatic treatment for dengue or dengue like infection in public hospitals since September 1.
Since January, 469 patients have tested positive for dengue. The death toll has reached three, the latest victim being a 36-year-old woman from Andheri West.
According to the insecticide office, despite creating awareness, residential societies turn a blind eye to mosquito breeding sites. Maximum breeding spots are in petri dishes, refrigerator trays, fengshui plants, and money plants inside flats.