Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh yesterday introduced a new online system which will enable residents to play a part in eradicating the mosquito menace.
Through a link at DSCC's web portal (dscc.gov.bd), residents of homes, and owners of commercial buildings or institutions can apply to seek help from the corporation for killing mosquitoes and its larvae.
Applicants will have to pay a certain amount for the service. "There are many hidden mosquito breeding sources, especially of Aedes mosquitoes…If a resident applies through their holding number, DSCC will take necessary actions withing three days," said Taposh, while inaugurating the service at Nagar Bhaban.
The mayor said residents will have to provide feedback after receiving the service. Mobile courts occasionally conduct drives and impose fines if they find mosquito larvae, but compared to that fine, the service charge is much lower, he added.
Taposh said the new service will make residents more accountable and speed up mosquito control activities.
Currently, DSCC is spraying insecticides from morning to evening every day, under a comprehensive plan, since June 1.
To avail the new service, one must pay from Tk 2,000-8,000, depending on the number of floors, plot size and nature (residential or commercial) of the building.