Thiruvananthapuram: Pre-monsoon drive to begin

In 100 wards from Friday.

Thiruvananthapuram: The City Corporation would launch its month-long pre-monsoon sanitation drive at all hundred wards in its jurisdiction on Friday. Interestingly, the health and sanitation workers are already on the toes engaged in house-visit programme to prevent major disease outbreak in the district due to the intermittent summer showers. The civic body has set aside one crore for carrying out the pre-monsoon sanitation drive.

The City Corporation has come up with a one-of-a-kind non-biodegradable waste collection calendar marked with the dates when each of the items including bag, chappal, glass, clothes and other items would be collected every month.

“We have printed hundreds of calendars which would be distributed to every resident in capital. The residents can hang the calendar which would remind them when non-biodegradable waste would be collected. Each health inspector has been given 300 calendars,” said the official. The official said that an action plan has been drawn up. “We have a clear cut plan for each day,” the official added.

The civic body has constituted a two-member team for visiting 50 houses in each ward. There are around 500-600 houses in each ward. As part of the pre-monsoon drive, the workers would clean up public places, markets, educational institutions, waste dumps. De-clogging of drains, elimination of vector sources would also be carried out.

“Our workers, apart from house visits, would interact with the residents to bring awareness on keeping homes mosquito free,” said the official. Special teams have been constituted to carry out spraying and fogging. “Every seventh day the fogging and spraying should be carried out on the same spot otherwise the mosquitoes will migrate to adjacent areas,” said the official.

Recently, the District Medical Office (DMO) and the Corporation carried out a joint container elimination drive. During the three-day drive, the health squads covered over 2,00,106 houses and eliminated around 1,98,551 dry containers.

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