The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) finally seems to have woke up from its slumber as far as mosquito menace is concerned. It has decided to start a special drive to eradicate the menace in the Capital city and a decision in this regard was taken at a high-level meeting recently.
BMC has assigned 120 officials for controlling the menace in 60 wards. As per the break-up, two officials for each ward will be part of the drive. The major thrust will be targeting the breeding grounds and cleaning the major drains in all the wards. A technician will monitor mosquito density in all the wards.
The civic body has also proposed to start fogging in all the wards for the next two months till mosquito density comes down. BMC Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena said salaries of 29 malaria supervisors have been stopped for their negligence in controlling the mosquito problem.
"Their salaries will be resumed only when they are able to bring down mosquito density," he said. The residents too have been asked to cover their septic tanks with nets to prevent mosquito breeding.