Pune: PCMC Inspects Over 2.69 Lakh Houses To Combat Mosquito Menace, Collects Rs 8.5 Lakhs Fine

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Pimpri, 2nd September 2023: In a bid to mitigate the risk of diseases like dengue and malaria by identifying mosquito breeding sites, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s Health Department has conducted inspections at 2,69,754 houses across the city. During these inspections, mosquito larvae were discovered in 5,459 containers, leading to the collection of fines amounting to eight and a half lakhs.

The health department initiated an extensive screening campaign that spanned from June 1 to August 31. This effort encompassed inspections of 992 tire and scrap shops, along with 1,154 structures, resulting in the emptying of 3,530 containers. Notices were issued to 1,211 individuals as a result of these inspections. Subsequently, fines totaling Rs 8,82,500 were levied on domestic and commercial properties where mosquito breeding sites were detected. The fines were imposed at rates of Rs 1,000 for domestic establishments, Rs 2,000 for commercial establishments, and Rs 10,000 for malls, hospitals, and buildings under construction.

Rapid urbanization in the city has led to significant levels of air and water pollution, contributing to the outbreak of epidemic diseases. In recent days, the number of dengue and chikungunya cases, transmitted by mosquitoes, has been on the rise. Mosquito breeding sites have been identified not only in residential complexes but also in various locations such as containers, fridge trays, pots, hospitals, construction sites, and government offices. Health Executive Officer Ganesh Deshpande emphasized that notices are being issued to all such locations.

To prevent mosquito breeding, citizens are advised not to store uncovered water. Implementing a “dry day” once a week is also recommended, as dengue mosquitoes thrive in stagnant clean water.

Yashwant Dange, Assistant Commissioner of the Pimpri Chinchwad Health Department, emphasized the importance of citizens taking precautions to prevent water accumulation.


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