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Anti-Mosquito Combing Drive

Construction sites turn into major breeding grounds

21 mobile courts fine owners of 38 bldgs Tk 7.5 lakh

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Construction sites turn into major breeding grounds

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The under-construction buildings have turned into major breeding grounds for Aedes in the capital city.

On the first day of the anti-mosquito drives, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) fined owners of 38 buildings Tk 7.5 lakh. They conducted a total of 21 mobile court drives in different areas in the capital.

A mobile court led by DNCC Executive Magistrate Shofiul Azam inspected an under-construction market in Rupnagar Residential Area in Mirpur and found mosquito larvae inside the buildings. DNCC Assistant Health Officer of Zone-2 Dr Mahmuda Ali accompanied him during the drive.

The executive magistrate slapped a Tk 1 lakh fine on the owners of the building.

Talking to the Daily Sun, one of the owners of the under-construction structure and local councilor Tofazzal Hossain, said, “I have asked people concerned to clean the buildings and use pesticide, but they didn’t.”

The mobile court inspected another under-construction building on 18 No Road under Rupnagar and found mosquito larvae in a drum. The magistrate fined the owner Tk 50,000.

Owner of the building Selim Dewan, however, said that he had not the foggiest idea how mosquitoes could be born there, as they had been using the drum water regularly for the last 4 to 5 days.

Executive magistrate Shofiul said, “Today, we have found Aedes larvae in four buildings and all of these are under construction. We have imposed a Tk 3 lakh fine. We also inspected other residential buildings and checked flower pots and other places, but found no larvae.”

A press release of DNCC said that 10 mobile courts of DNCC filed cases against owners of 15 buildings and slapped a Tk 4.5 lakh fine after inspecting a number of buildings.

On the other hand, DSCC conducted 11 mobile courts under its jurisdiction, inspected 394 buildings and fined 23 commercial, residential and under-construction buildings Tk 3 lakh for mosquito larvae.