With rain alert, KMC to conduct anti-larvae drives
Kolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation will launch a special anti-larvae drive surrounding the pandals in view of the rain alert that might hit the city during the pujas.
KMC has cancelled holidays of the field workers. The Chief Vector Control officer will come to KMC headquarters everyday and the consultant entomologists will be on rotational duty. Five dengue detection centres will remain open. There will be field workers in all the 144 wards. Their numbers will vary from 5 to 15 depending on the size of the wards. There will be borough rapid action force comprising six members in all the 16 boroughs. In addition to this, there will be eight central rapid action teams.
As the weather office has predicted rains during the puja days, the field workers will conduct special anti-larvae drives surrounding the big community pujas. Anti-larvae drives will be conducted to clean garbage and accumulated water. This will be conducted as lakhs of people from the districts will come to the city during the pujas. Senior civic officials said so far 350 people have been afflicted with dengue in the city. They said that people with vested interests are trying to create a fear psychosis in the minds of people particularly those who come from outside. They urged people to go to the nearest KMC laboratory and get their blood tested if they are found to be suffering from fever for more than three days.
Meanwhile, KMC will continue its drive against adulterated food in food stalls and restaurants during the pujas to ensure that quality food is served to customers.
Show-cause notices will be served to the owners if non-permitted colours are used. Also, the quality of meat, chicken and fish will be
examined along with the quality of oil that is used to prepare the dishes.