Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a health review meeting in the state Assembly recently in which ministers and senior officials of all the concerned departments and civic bodies were present.
The Assembly passed on Tuesday a bill that seeks to empower the Calcutta Municipal Corporation to impose a penalty of up to Rs 1 lakh on the owner or occupier of a property where mosquito-breeding grounds are found.
“The owner or occupier of the property will be first served a notice if a mosquito-breeding ground is found there,” Hakim said. “The fine will be imposed only if she or he fails to take remedial measures.”Mayoral council member Atin Ghosh was prevented from entering a house in his ward during an awareness drive in January.
Earlier, the fine varied between Rs 500 and Rs 5,000. In such cases, the owner or occupier “shall be liable to a penalty which… may extend to Rs 1 lakh only”.