Atin Ghosh, member, Mayor in council (Health) along with officials and workers of Solid Waste Management (SWM), market and health departments of KMC on Wednesday conducted a drive at the market now known as Barna Parichoy as a part of the anti-larvae drive.
Ghosh said the shop owners had been asked to clear garbage regularly and put them in the waste bins. The fruit and vegetable vendors have been asked to put garbage in proper places from where KMC workers will pick them up. They will be pulled up if they fail to follow KMC’s instructions. The builder has been asked to clear rubbish daily. The KMC would provide the service if properly paid, Ghosh said. The builder has also been asked to mop water regularly from the areas where seepage had taken place.
The KMC team reached the market complex on Wednesday morning and began cleaning operation and the garbage was cleared. The KMC team inspected the building including the roof tops and destroyed areas that provide as potential breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Ghosh said over 90 per cent of the garbage was cleaned during the drive. The shop owners have been asked to ensure that the garbage is cleared every day.
Ghosh said the anti-larvae drive conducted by KMC had become very effective. Apart from the markets, state and Central government offices, hospitals, nursing homes and state-run and private schools, anti-larvae drives have been conducted and the institutions have been given necessary instructions where larvae were found.
He said the awareness campaign launched by KMC had become very effective and so far not a single resident of the city has been afflicted with the disease. Those who died of the disease happen to be residents of areas outside KMC jurisdiction. The KMC is taking data of those whose blood samples have been examined from private pathological centres and maintaining a list of people who have been admitted to private nursing homes with dengue.
The KMC has five dengue detection centres and five more will be opened shortly. The KMC has pulled up doctors and staffs involved with the drives for dereliction of duty. Ghosh said the city where hundreds of people had been found to be suffering from malaria was now free from the disease because of sustained campaign and drives that were conducted round the year.