Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Fazle Noor Taposh on Monday said the under-construction buildings are responsible for 40 percent of dengue infections in the city.
“The under-construction buildings created obstruction to control mosquitoes though we are conducting drives regularly. Besides, the authorities also slapped fines in some cases. But no visible steps have been seen from the real estate businessperson,” he said.
DSCC mayor revealed this information while speaking at a view-exchange meeting over controlling dengue and chikungunya, held at the Nagar Bhaban.
Issuing a warning, Taposh also said if the real estate businessperson would not take any steps to improve the environment then they will not only fine them but also stop construction work of the building.
He also urged the real estate businessperson under government organisations to take steps to destroy Aedes mosquitoes, which are the vectors of the virus..
“It is our duty to keep the residents of Dhaka free from spread of Aedes mosquitoes and outbreaks of dengue. It will be possible when we make it a social movement and it is impossible for only city corporations,” he said.
Besides, Taposh also stressed the need for creating awareness among people with a slogan ‘To remove accumulated water regularly instead of three days’.