Mumbai’s upscale homes bar anti-mosquito drive, says BMC

Richa Pinto, TNN

The BMC’s fogging and spraying workers are facing maximum resistance from residents of upscale areas, living in high-rises or bungalows. Senior officials from the health department said many residents were extremely confident that dengue larvae can’t breed in their homes.

Health department officials said while people in slums or chawls easily allow them to fumigate the areas, those living in high-rises, row houses or bungalows keep them waiting for long outside their home. “It’s the worst when it comes to actors, politicians or other well-known personalities. In such cases the security personnel at the gate itself stop the fumigation worker and ask him numerous questions. He is also asked to produce a letter to certify that he is authorized to fumigate the area,” said a senior BMC official.

Congress corporator Karen D’mello of H-West ward (Bandra), which includes many high-rises, said she too has been repeatedly informed by civic authorities about residents in her area not allowing the fogging and spraying personnel within their premises. “The larvae of dengue-carrying mosquitoes are found in fresh water but several residents in upscale societies do not allow the fumigation worker within their premises. My area extends from Bandra Reclamation up to SV Road and I’ve often heard that BMC workers are kept waiting for hours.”