Madurai

Mill fined ₹one lakh for poor upkeep

Anti-dengue operation intensified in Madurai district

Signalling that non-cooperation with the authorities in containing spread of dengue would not be tolerated, the Corporation of Madurai slapped a fine of ₹ one lakh on a private mill — Lakshmi Subbiah Textiles — for its poor upkeep and unclean campus at Pon Nagar in Ward 23.

Commissioner S. Aneesh Sekhar and health officials, who went around dwellings in Teachers’ Colony, Pon Nagar and other areas near Vilangudi on Friday, found that water stored in many containers had larvae.

When people complained about the presence of a locked mill and a few unauthorised workshops/lathes functioning in the area, the team visited the campus.

The non-functioning mill was filled with waste and the rainwater had stagnated all over on the factory campus making it a fertile ground for mosquito breeding.

A press release said the Commissioner also inspected Sri Sai Automobiles in the same locality and slapped ₹10,000 as fine for its poor upkeep.

Lourdu Nagar near K Pudur and Naganakulam in zone 2 (ward 49) came under the scanner as dengue cases were reported in a few dwellings.

Even as inspection was under way, when a woman on Meenakshi Street was seen dumping waste on the road neglecting the dumper bin, the Commissioner warned her about the consequences and sought public cooperation in keeping the surroundings clean.

Many ‘under construction’ sites would be taken stock and any neglect by the builder/contractor or promoter would result in sealing, Dr. Sekhar warned. The Corporation set up special kiosks in each zone to distribute nilavembu kashayam and pamphlets.

Public building,

hospital too fined

At least a public building and a private hospital were fined for lack of cleanliness, which lead to mosquito breeding, by Collector K. Veera Raghava Rao during his inspection as part of anti-dengue activities in the district on Friday.

Mr. Rao, who inspected areas in Tirupparankundram panchayat union, imposed a fine of ₹ 2,000 for a Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation office in Alwar Nagar.

Later, he also fined a private hospital and an apartment building at Sadasiva Nagar ₹ 1,000 and ₹ 5,000 respectively for not maintaining their premises clean.

He also stressed the precautionary measures to be taken to control breeding of mosquitoes during his interaction with residents of N.G.O. Colony at Nagamalai Pudukottai, and a private school in the area.

K.V. Arjun Kumar, Deputy Director of Health Services, Madurai, and other officials accompanied him.

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