Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh yesterday said authorities will fine owners of government housing colonies four times the usual amount, if they find mosquito larvae in any structure.
The DSCC mayor made the comment during a views-exchange meeting with the department of Communicable Disease Control (CDC) of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) at Nagar Bhaban.
"We are conducting mobile court drives at under-construction buildings, especially government housing areas and under-construction structures of different government agencies. I have directed our mobile courts to fine four times higher than usual, if they find any larvae there," he said.
Mayor Taposh said if they want to solve the problem, they will have to identify the source of it first. Till now, their insecticide sprayers could not enter under-construction structures of different government agencies and their housing colonies.
The councillors also could not enter there, and as a result, mosquito control activities are very weak at the places, he said.
Terming government housing colonies and under-construction structures sanctuaries for Aedes mosquitoes, the mayor said if Aedes mosquitoes start breeding there, the population proliferates rapidly, and that is why they are conducting drives at the places.
The mayor asked women councillors to raise awareness among house owners who have rooftop gardens, so that they are informed and take necessary steps to destroy breeding sources.
The meeting was chaired by DSCC Chief Health Officer Brig Gen Dr Md Sharif Ahmed. Among others, DSCC Chief Executive Officer Farid Ahmed and CDC Director Dr Mohammad Nazmul Islam were present as special guests.