Corpn. kicks off mass clean­ing drive

Civic body forms 200 teams; de­ploys 331 fog­ging ma­chines and re­moves 174 tonnes of scrap

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Even as a nine-year-old boy died of dengue in Pu­lianthope, the Greater Chen­nai Cor­po­ra­tion on Thurs­day kicked off a mass clean­ing drive to check mos­quito breed­ing sources, in­clud­ing dam­aged ve­hi­cles aban­doned along the roads, pe­nal­is­ing vi­o­la­tors.

Cor­po­ra­tion Com­mis­sioner and Spe­cial Of­fi­cer D.Karthikeyan led the drive, urg­ing traders in ar­eas such as Pudupet to re­move mos­quito breed­ing sources in dam­aged ve­hi­cles.

Over 175 tonnes of scrap from old ve­hi­cles were re­moved from Pudupet on Thurs­day by teams of cor­po­ra­tion work­ers.

The civic body has formed 200 teams, com­pris­ing 2,825 malaria labour­ers and 14,902 con­ser­vancy work­ers to carry out the mass clean­ing drive. As many as 331 fog­ging ma­chines and 32 ve­hi­cle mounted ma­chines were used on Thurs­day.

The civic body also or­gan­ised 76 med­i­cal camps, iden­ti­fy­ing fever cases. “We im­posed a fine of ₹51,000 on vi­o­la­tors,” said an of­fi­cial.

Col­lec­tor calls on child

Mean­while, U.Jayas­ree, 10, of Iyyap­pan­than­gal had a pleas­ant sur­prise as Kancheep­u­ram Dis­trict Col­lec­tor P.Pon­na­iah called on her at her home to en­quire about her health.

The girl was di­ag­nosed as a pos­i­tive dengue case and was ad­mit­ted to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal at Porur on Oc­to­ber 7. She was dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal on Oc­to­ber 9.

Ear­lier, Mr. Pon­na­iah vis­ited a con­struc­tion site at Pil­lai­yar Kovil Street in the same area where he found the sump had not been cov­ered prop­erly.

Di­rect­ing the con­struc­tion com­pany to re­sume the work af­ter prop­erly cov­er­ing the sump, the Col­lec­tor im­posed a fine of ₹10,000 on the com­pany for leav­ing the sump open.

Sim­i­larly, a fine of ₹10000 was im­posed on an old tyre trad­ing com­pany at Kol­lacheri where dif­fer­ent types of old tyres were kept in the open.

At Bha­ra­niputhur, Mr.Pon­na­iah di­rected the of­fi­cials to in­spect the low-level drink­ing wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion pits.

The Col­lec­tor urged of­fi­cials to con­tinue to cre­ate aware­ness among the pub­lic to avoid stack­ing un­wanted con­tain­ers in the open on their premises.

5 dengue cases

The Kancheep­u­ram Health Di­vi­sion of­fi­cials in­formed the Col­lec­tor that five dengue cases were re­ported from Iyyap­pan­than­gal Pri­mary Health Di­vi­sion in the last three months.

A to­tal of 26 per­sons who suf­fered from fever were treated as in­pa­tients in Pri­mary Health Cen­tres in the Di­vi­sion, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

R. RAGU ■

Spruc­ing up: Cor­po­ra­tion work­ers us­ing the fog­ging ma­chine at Pudupet on Thurs­day.

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