MCD to impose Rs 500 penalty for accumulation of water
The Dehradun mayor Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’ directed the councillors of 50 wards to submit a list of the pits and hollow points that contain stagnant water in their respective wards so that the corporation can take proper measures to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes. Besides, the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) has also decided to impose fine on those who intentionally let the water accumulate in their home premises or nearby. On Thursday, ‘Gama’ called the first meeting with 50 of the 100 councillors to discuss the plan to prevent dengue and malaria in the approaching rainy season. Informing further about it, municipal commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey said that the councillors have been asked to submit the said list immediately so that MCD can examine the locations and work strategically. “Our first approach would be to extract water out of any trench and pits. If we find any place where withdrawal of water is not possible, the pits with stagnant water will be filled with debris besides spraying larvicides,” added Pandey. He also informed that mayor has requested Dehradun district magistrate to provide the financial assistance to buy 75 fogging machines. The corporation is waiting for his response and if no assistance is provided by DM, MCD will manage the machine on its own, added Pandey.
Meanwhile, the mayor also requested councillors to spread awareness among the locals about the prevention of dengue in their wards. In the meeting, it was proposed that if the locals are found to intentionally collect water in their homes or nearby as in broken flower pots, bottles or tyres will be charged with the minimum amount of Rs 500 as penalty. Pandey further said that MCD is also focusing to carry out fogging inside the main gates of locals’ homes and if they want, they can allow fogging inside their rooms too. It is pertinent to mention here that the mayor has called the meeting of remaining 50 councillors on Friday.
Apart from this, the corporation will also commence the Covid-19 test of sanitation workers. Pandey said that sanitation workers of MCD are among the frontline workers in the battle of Covid-19 and it is MCD’s responsibility to take care of their health. He said that after the corporation will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a pathology lab the testing will commence soon. He said that there are about 2000 sanitation workers of MCD and if anybody shows any kind of sickness or symptoms including MCD employees, they will be directed to the lab for the Covid-19 test.
Friday, 12 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun