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MCD seeks IIT help to fight mosquito menace

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 17:36

New Delhi: The MCD has turned to Indian
Institute of Technology-Delhi and Delhi College of Engineering
to help check mosquito breeding in the storm water drains in
the city during the coming rainy season.

Storm water drains built on both sides of major roads in
Delhi can be huge mosquito breeding grounds during rainy
season, leading to spread of diseases like malaria and dengue.

"We have written to both Delhi College of Engineering and
IIT-Delhi to suggest us better ways to drain out water from
the newly-built storm water drains," MCD Municipal Health
Officer N K Yadav said.

Storm water drain is designed to drain excess rain and
ground water from paved streets, parking lots, sidewalks and
roofs. They vary in design from small dry wells to large
municipal systems. They are fed by street gutters on most of
the roads which experience heavy rainfall followed by
flooding and water-logging during regular storms.

"Once it rains and water remains inside the drains, our
breeding checkers will not be able to spray any medicine
inside the drain to stop mosquito menace as their inlets are
too heavy for a single person to lift. They cannot spray from
outside as these are closed inlets," Yadav said.

He said they are going all-out to clean these drains. "We
are hoping they will soon suggest us modifications needed to
drain out water in a better way from these drains," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 17:36
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