The new Mosquito Research and Control Centre of the Chennai Corporation will start functioning by the end of January at the Communicable Diseases Hospital in Tondiarpet, announced Mayor M. Subramanian on Sunday.

Speaking at the launch of six new catamarans for mosquito control operations in Cooum River and Adyar, Mr. Subramanian said that the facility would have the support of research teams from Loyola College and Presidency College for generation of scientific data pertaining to effective mosquito control.

Chennai Corporation would also revive the scheme for mosquito control that involves participation of members of Self Help Groups in the city, he added.

The civic body has intensified mosquito control operations with 1,267 workers including the recently employed 250 malaria workers, said Mr. Subramanian. A total of 150 tonnes of unused rubber tyre that served as breeding grounds for mosquitoes has been removed from residential localities last month.

The weekly intensive fogging operations are being carried out every Friday on 3,300 km roads in the city, said Corporation Deputy Commissioner (Health) Ashish Kumar.

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