New Delhi: With rising dengue cases, builders failing to remove mounds of rubble from construction sites may have to pay heavier penalty upto Rs 10,000 as these sites across the city were identified as breeding grounds for mosquito causing the disease.
Grappling with rising cases of dengue which touched 985 today, a meeting presided over by Health Minister AK Walia decided to take a number of measures to contain the spread of the disease, including enhancing the existing fine of Rs 500 for allowing conditions conducive to mosquito breeding.
"A final decision on enhancing the fine will be taken soon," said a senior official present in the meeting. He said the existing fine of Rs 500 was fixed in 1975 and Walia has directed his department to enhance it.
The official said fine could be in the range of Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000.
Identifying overhead tanks as another fertile breeding ground for mosquitoes, the government decided to ask manufacturers of such tanks to ensure wiremesh around the lid so that mosquito cannot enter the tanks.