Mobile courts of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) in separate drives on Monday fined nine building owners and Partex Group a total of Tk 428,000 upon finding larvae of dengue virus-carrying Aedes mosquito on their premises in different parts of the city.
The DSCC conducted drives in 225 buildings in Nayapaltan, Segunbagicha, Topkhana, Dhanmondi and Jatrabari areas of the city.
The two Dhaka city corporations are mainly asking for residents' cooperation in vector control - by cutting down on conditions that allow mosquitoes to breed.
Vector control is any method to limit or eradicate the mammals, birds, insects or other arthropods (here collectively called "vectors") which transmit disease pathogens. The most frequent type of vector control is mosquito control using a variety of strategies.
DNCC executive magistrate Sajid Anwar conducted a drive at the main office of Partex Group in city's Mohakhali area and fined the business house Tk 2 lakh after finding Aedes larvae in abandoned tyres, containers, bottles and motorcycles.
The drive at Partex Group was conducted in the presence of the DNCC Mayor Md Atiqul Islam.
DSCC executive magistrate Sheikh Zahid Hossain conducted a drive at Eastern View in the city's Nayapaltan area and fined them Tk 75,000 for similar reasons.
Its executive magistrate Mizanur Rahman fined the owners of two buildings in Dhanmondi and Topkhana Road Tk 50,000 each against existence of Aedes larvae in their respective buildings.
A building owner named Jagonnath Saha in Lalbagh was fined Tk 10,000 by a mobile court led by executive magistrate Babar Ali.
Meanwhile, DSCC executive magistrates Shahid Ullah, Atiqullah and Sonia Hossain fined owners of five more buildings a combined Tk 43,000 for failing to comply with the directives of the city corporation.
So far, DSCC has conducted anti-Aedes drives in 58,748 houses of the city and asked the owners to destroy larvae of Aedes mosquito.