Keep your premises clean or face music: NMC

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Mar 2018 09:39:40


Special Correspondent,

Civic body to levy fine for mosquito breeding sites at home

Proposal to be tabled in the general body meeting on March 20

In this monsoon, citizens should be ready to pay fine, if mosquito-breeding site is detected in and around their property. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has drafted bye-laws to control the spread of malaria, dengue, chikungunya and other mosquito-borne diseases in the city. The bye-laws framed by Malaria and Filaria Department will be discussed in the general body meeting slated on March 20 at 11 am at Town Hall. NMC has made a modest beginning by proposing a Rs 100 fine. The fine proposed by the civic body is meager as compared to other cities like Pune where Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is levying fine of Rs 1,000 to the citizen not careful enough.

Every year, Health Inspectors of the local body find several breeding sites due to stagnation of water. Construction sites, abandoned projects and vacant plots have been found to be major breeding grounds of mosquito and in one case,
residents of neighbouring building have to actually move the High Court requesting it to direct NMC to take corrective steps. Civic body is trying to control the menace of these mosquito-borne diseases during ensuing monsoon. NMC has drafted bye-laws under Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act to stop this menace.

NMC has proposed fine of Rs 100 to the residents while Rs 500 will be charged from the commercial establishments. The hospitals, organisations, government offices, schools and colleges will have to pay fine of Rs 500, if they fail to control the breeding sites. The civic body will levy fine of Rs 20 every day to the residents for not maintaining cleanliness at their home while commercial establishments will have to pay Rs 100 per day. Similarly, hospitals, government offices will have to shell out Rs 200 per day in case of negligence.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had already framed its bye laws to penalise the offenders. The rules were in discussion when the BMC sent notice to RJ Malishka’s mother Lily Mendosa for dengue breeding at her house in Bandra. RJ Malishka shot to fame due to her “Mumbai tula BMC var bharosa nai ka.”

The norms direct individuals and institutions to take measures to eradicate mosquito-breeding sites on their premises. The draft of the ‘Malaria, dengue, chikungunya and other insect- and mosquito-borne diseases bye laws’ stated that it is the responsibility of the individual or institution using a property to keep it free of mosquito-breeding sites.

The bye laws stated that an individual or institution should employ remedial measures if they see stagnant water on their premises. NMC will undertake regular inspection of sites falling under its jurisdiction. If they find any site has stagnant water with mosquito larvae or is a potential site for mosquito breeding. The local body will inspect houses, construction sites, shops, commercial establishments, to keep watch on stagnant water. The civic body will issue notice to the owner, and other tenants for negligence and held them responsible for breeding sites within their premises.

If they failed to reply, then the civic body will issue a second notice and also recover fine from them. The authorities can stop the construction, if they do not find it safe for the labourers and take eradication measures of breeding sites. The civic body will also inspect the wells and if the wells are found polluted, filthy, then NMC may take action with the prior permission of the Standing Committee against the owner of the well. The owner of the property or premises cannot stop civic officials from taking such preventive action or they would be subjected to punitive action. A notice will be issued to such individuals before officials take steps to mitigate the menace of mosquito breeding at the site.