EPA inspects 36 sites under anti-dengue drive; seals two

RAWALPINDI: Environment Protection Agency (EPA),under anti-dengue drive on Sunday inspected 36 sites and sealed Yasir Auto, Dhoke Dalal and Khan Auto, Khyaban-e-Sir Syed due to non compliance of dengue SOPs.

District Officer EPA, Mian Mohammad Nawaz told APP that EPA teams also removed stagnant water from two breeding sites.

He said, the anti-dengue drive will continue during Eid ul Azha holidays and special checking will be conducted at Gawalmandi,Mohan Pura, Dhoke Ratta, Khyabane Sir Syed and other areas as the government was concerned at the rise in the dengue cases.

The relevant departments have been directed to speed up their efforts as the number of dengue cases rose after Eid ul Azha last year.

He said, action in accordance with the law is being taken against the violators of the orders of the government to save the public from the spread of dengue mosquitoes.

Mian Mohammed Nawaz further said that EPA teams visited 36 points including 21 tyre shops, 12 junkyards/godowns, one nursery and two under construction sites.

He said vulnerable points are regularly being checked and special inspection is conducted to check dengue mosquito larvae.

As many as 34 sites were declared clear of dengue larva as SOP was being followed there.

The EPA team found no dengue larvae on Sunday.

He further informed that as many as 932 premises including 534 tyre shops, 401 junkyards/godowns, 20 nurseries and  67 under construction sites were inspected during September while 101 breeding sites were also removed and cleared during the period.

He said, 830 premises during checking were declared clear as SOPs were being followed there.

District Officer EPA told that total 53 premises were sealed in last month while 28 FIRs were lodged against the rules violators.

Dengue Larvae was found at 37 places, he added.

The teams also imposed fines amounting to Rs 50,000 on the violators.

He urged the citizens to adopt precautionary measures and remove stagnant water from their homes and roof tops as most of dengue larvae and adult mosquito is being founded in Air coolers, water drums and scrap items.

Source: APP