KMC To Impose Rs 1 Lakh Penalty For Dengue

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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.

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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”.