Corporation Sleeps as Mosquitoes Bite
By Express News Service | Published: 13th January 2014 10:05 AM |
As the residents of the city bear the brunt of the mosquito menace, the officials of the Kochi Corporation are yet to awaken from their slumber. Usually, the mosquito menace peaks in December during breeding season but it looks like no precautionary measures have been taken. The majority of the areas in all divisions, especially in Central Kochi, are under mosquito attack.
“We are not able to step outside the house especially after sunset. The number of mosquitoes is increasing by the day. We have complained to the division councillor several times but it’s of no use. I have a little shop here, but I am not able to sit there from evening onwards owing to the mosquito bites. Even lighting two or three mosquito coils can’t keep them away,” said a shop owner at Yuvakalatharang Road, near Keerthy Nagar.
Meanwhile, opposition councillors said that they were not provided with enough funds for fogging. “The non-availability of fogging machines is another issue,” said the councillors.
But Kochi Corporation Health Standing Committee chairman T K Ashraf said that the civic body had taken adequate measures to prevent mosquito breeding. “Last year, we supplied nets to cover the septic tank vents, to prevent mosquitoes emerging from septic tanks, the major breeding ground. We have even purchased hand-held fogging machines after the residents opposed large-scale fogging operations. Insufficient manpower is a big hurdle. We plan to launch fogging operations this week. The cleaning of small drains have already begun in various circles,” he said.
Meanwhile, the opposition councilors said that the big canals and drains have not been cleaned which is the major cause for the problem. “The civic body has failed to clean the big drains. The drains were not flushed with saline which has aggravated the menace,” said an opposition councillor.