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Fogging now twice a day in Ranchi

Traces of the mosquito that spreads chikungunya and dengue have been found in several localities in Ranchi

By Our Correspondent in Ranchi
  • Published 9.12.19, 2:08 AM
  • Updated 9.12.19, 2:08 AM
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Aedes Aegypti is a type of mosquito that spreads chikungunya and dengue Shutterstock

Municipal commissioner Manoj Kumar has asked all ward supervisors to ensure fogging twice a day in all the 53 wards under Ranchi Municipal Corporation after receiving frequent complaints from residents about the mosquito menace.

There are several localities in Ranchi such as Hindpiri, Karbala, Basartoli, Pathalkudwa, Islamnagar, Nayatoli and Vidyapatinagar, where of late traces of Aedes Aegypti (the mosquito that spreads chikungunya and dengue) have been found.

The municipal commissioner directed the health section to continue fogging and spraying in such localities on priority basis. The decision was taken on Saturday during a special health review meet of the RMC. RMC has bought three fogging machines this year spending Rs 1 crore to cover 53 wards but fire damaged one of them a few months back.

“We are exploring alternative arrangements because we have to ensure fogging twice a day,” said an official with the health department.

Manoj asked the health section to prepare a roster for fogging and cleaning in such localities. Manoj, who stopped honorarium to ward supervisors recently for furnishing wrong information on door-to-door garbage collection in their localities, said a mechanism will be brought in to keep a tab on cleaning.

RMC junior engineer Ajit Kumar Gupta has been entrusted with the job to verify door-to-door cleaning. He has also been asked to verify if garbage carrying vehicles are taking the required quantity of garbage or not.

Manoj also warned disciplinary action against supervisors and officials if found violating guidelines.