KOLKATA: To combat dengue in south Bengal, the State Fisheries Department, under the supervision of the State Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC), is releasing guppy fish in the water bodies, drainage canals, agricultural canals and other similar structures of the region, both in the rural and urban areas.
Till May, more than 11 lakh guppies have been released at a cost of more than Rs 11 lakh.
A few lakh more were released in the first week of June. Of the more than 11 lakh, 1.26 lakh have been released in the area under South Dum Dum Municipality and 1.03 lakh in Bidhannagar Municipality.
The municipalities of Maheshtala and Sonarpur have released 50,000 each in the areas under their jurisdiction.
About 40,000 each has been released by the municipalities of Bardhaman, Guskara, Memari, Kalna, Dainhat and Katwa. The municipality of Kanchrapara has released 21,600.