Shahid in BMC net over mos­quito breed­ing

Civic body to file case against ac­tor af­ter its in­sec­ti­cide team finds breed­ing spots of yel­low fever mos­quito in his pri­vate pool in Juhu

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - — PTI

A day af­ter serv­ing no­tice to Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Shahid Kapoor over mos­quito- breed­ing spots at his res­i­den­tial premises, the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( BMC) will file a case against him for not abid­ing by its rules.

The BMC’s in­sec­ti­cide team found breed­ing spots of aedes ae­gypti mos­quito ( which can spread dengue, chikun­gunya among other ill­nesses) in the ac­tor’s pri­vate swim­ming pool at his res­i­dence in Juhu Tara Road area.

BMC’s ex­ec­u­tive health of­fi­cer Pad­maja Keskar, said, “I have asked the le­gal depart­ment to file a court case against the ac­tor for his neg­li­gence. The case would be filed in a day or two.”

The civic body, yes­ter­day served a no­tice to Shahid Kapoor un­der sec­tion 381- B of Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion Act ( MMCA) of 1888, seek­ing his ex­pla­na­tion.

“We are not go­ing to wait for the ac­tor’s re­sponse to our no­tice. We are mov­ing ahead for ac­tion ( such as col­lec­tion of fine) against him and would file a court case,” said Keskar.

Keskar said not only the film­star, court cases are also be­ing filed against all those, whose premises were found hous­ing mosquito­breed­ing spots.

The civic body, since Jan­uary 1 this year, has filed 927 cases in dif- fer­ent courts against of­fend­ers and re­alised fine amount­ing to Rs26.92 lakh. In 2015, the cor­po­ra­tion had filed 2,299 court cases against of­fend­ers and col­lected Rs32.77 lakh in fine.

Last year, the BMC had served no­tices to Bol­ly­wood ac­tors Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and singer Amit Kishore Gan­guli for not tak­ing steps to pre­vent mosquito­breed­ing in their res­i­den­tial premises.

Af­ter the BMC’s ac­tion yes­ter­day, Shahid ex­pressed con­cern over mos­quito- breed­ing at his premises and thanked the civic body for con­duct­ing the in­spec­tion.

In­ter­mit­tent show­ers have left pools of stag­nant water in sev­eral ar­eas of the city, pro­vid­ing a fer­tile ground for pro­lif­er­a­tion of dis­easespread­ing mos­qui­toes. This, cou­pled with a rise in tem­per­a­ture, has led to in­crease in the cases of dengue fever in the metropo­lis.

Ac­cord­ing to BMC health depart­ment, 122 pa­tients of dengue were be­ing treated at var­i­ous hos­pi­tals. Be­sides, over 1,500 peo­ple have been ad­mit­ted to var­i­ous hos­pi­tals for sus­pected dengue in Septem­ber alone.

Keskar ap­pealed to the cit­i­zens to iden­tify and de­stroy mosquito­breed­ing spots at their res­i­dence and hous­ing so­ci­eties.

Shahid Kapoor

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