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Civic body acts to fight sting

Kendrapara, March 6: The municipality here has launched mosquito control operations and a desiltation drive today.

The Telegraph on February 27 had reported on clogged drains and associated mosquito menace in this town.

“We have started a special drive today to clear silt and garbage from drains, sewerage points and stagnant water bodies,” said Dhirendra Sahu, chairman of Kendrapara Municipality.

There were complaints from the town’s residents and also the municipality councillors that the civic body’s anti-mosquito operations were not effective enough.

An emergency council meeting will be held on Wednesday to discuss the ways and means to contain the mosquito menace in this district headquarters township.

The municipality’s health and sanitation personnel were on the job to clear the garbage in clogged water bodies that had become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, said a civic official.

“We are trying to set a defunct fogging machine in order within a week. The consignments of chemicals required to operate the fogging machine are also being procured,” Sahu said.

“The municipality’s annual budget for the mosquito-control drive is only Rs 2 lakh. We are planning to increase the budgetary allocation at our council meeting on March 7,” he added.

“Since the BJD-led council took over the administration of the municipality, health and hygiene conditions in this township have only deteriorated. Aggrieved residents have taken up civic issues with the authorities several times. But, nothing tangible has come out it,” said Mohammad Akbar Ali, former chairman of the municipality.