‘En­sure build­ing sites are mos­quito-free’

Civic of­fi­cials say they will con­duct checks be­fore mon­soon to en­sure devel­op­ers have fol­lowed in­struc­tions

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The town plan­ning depart­ment of the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) along with the health depart­ment has is­sued in­struc­tions to 450 un­der-con­struc­tion build­ing un­der its ju­ris­dic­tion from Be­la­pur to Digha.

As per the of­fi­cials from the depart­ment the no­tice was is­sued to en­sure so that there is no is­sue of the mos­quito men­ace dur­ing mon­soon.

Of­fi­cials said that this a part of the pre-mon­soon drive in which they con­duct a sur­vey of the un­der con­struc­tion premises.

“The no­tice was is­sued last week and has been put up in the NMMC web­site," said Kishor Agra­harkar, town plan­ning of­fi­cer, town plan­ning depart­ment of NMMC.

The no­ti­fi­ca­tion tells devel­op­ers to en­sure there is no pit or huge trenches where wa­ter is stored and get ac­cu­mu­lated and be­come a favourable spot for mos­quito breed­ing.

Sec­ond, the ma­te­rial used for con­struc­tion should be kept in an or­gan­ised man­ner in a dry place.

“Ev­ery year, dur­ing mon­soon we find that many of the un­der­con­struc­tion sites be­come ma­jor grounds of mos­quito breed­ing and pose health risk," said Dr Ujwala Oturkar, malaria of­fi­cer, health depart­ment of NMMC.

"There have been many oc­ca­sions where there are many sites where mos­quito breed­ing is spot­ted and due to which peo­ple stay­ing in the ad­join­ing ar­eas face health is­sues," he added.

Of­fi­cials said be­fore the on­set of mon­soon they will do a ran­dom check again to en­sure whether the devel­op­ers have fol­lowed the in­struc­tions.

Last year, the civic body gave no­tice to around 370 un­der con­struc­tion build­ings.

But, dur­ing mon­soon many of them did not fol­low the in­struc­tions and of­fi­cials from the health depart­ment found dur­ing a sur­vey that around 60 to 70 breed­ing spots in the un­der­con­struc­tion sites.

Most of these spots were found in Be­la­pur, Sea­woods, Turbhe, Ghan­soli, Ra­bale and Airoli.

Although, there is no ac­tion to be taken if the sites fol­low to com­ply with the or­ders, it is for gen­eral aware­ness and pre­ven­tion of dis­eases.

“Even if they fail to clear off their sites of the trash and wa­ter ac­cu­mu­la­tion, we en­sure that they do it then and there when we go for our vis­its again and kill the ac­tive spots with lar­vi­cide treat­ment,” said the of­fi­cial.

Shiv Ku­mar Shah, 34, res­i­dent of Airoli, said, “Navi Mum­bai is a de­vel­op­ing area and there are many un­der-con­struc­tion sites. Ev­ery mon­soon, the con­struc­tion sites be­come a breed­ing ground of mosquitoes due to wa­ter stag­na­tion of wa­ter. This is a health haz­ard."

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