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Pesticide shortage leads to disruption of fogging operations

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Mosquito control operations have been disrupted in many parts of the city following a delay in procurement of pesticides.

Residents of a number of wards in north Chennai said the frequency of mosquito control operations has reduced.

Councillor Kalarimuthu of ward 58 said fogging operations were not carried out for the past few days.

“They have stopped using vehicles for fogging. Mosquito density has increased. Over 20 schools are located in this area. Residents are waiting for procurement of pesticides,” said Mr. Kalarimuthu.

Chennai Corporation DMK party leader D. Subash Chandra Bose said mosquito control operations have been halted in his zone too.

“Officials said supply of pesticides has stopped. They have also stopped operating autos used for fogging in our neighbourhood. The supply of rat poison has also stopped,” said Mr. Bose.

Corporation officials at zones said the delay in procurement of pesticides was because of the move to decentralise procurement of pesticides a few weeks ago.

Earlier, the procurement was done by officials at Ripon Buildings. Following decentralisation of procurement, zones or regions were asked to procure pesticides. “Zones that did not have supply were asked to get pesticides from neighbouring zones. Additional pesticides are being procured. Mosquito control operations will resume in a few days in all wards,” said an official.

The Corporation has focussed on source reduction in the past few months because of concerns raised by environmental activists pertaining to use of pesticides.

“We have increased the manpower for source reduction by 100 percent. Each of the 3,400 malaria workers is adopting a sector approach, targeting 80 households per day, destroying sources of breeding,” said the Corporation official.

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