Kolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim visited a plot in South Kolkata and supervised its cleaning operation on Thursday morning. The plot is situated at 202/4, Harish Mukherjee Road, close to the house of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.The plot, surrounded by tall buildings, does not have any access. Residents of the buildings who used to throw garbage on the plot, have converted it into a dumping ground. The accumulated water and garbage are all potential sources for mosquito breeding ground. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBecause of the inaccessibility of the plot, the garbage could not be removed. Hakim advised to take the matter up with the assessment department headed by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh to find out ways and means to reach the spot. “I was an MLA from the area. As the plot does not have any access it has been used like a dumping ground by the residents of the surrounding buildings. I will talk to the assessment department to resolve the issue,” he said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHakim added that civic authorities have taken up drives to clean the city very seriously. Because of sustained campaigns by the KMC over the past months, not a single case of dengue has been detected in the areas under its jurisdiction.It may be mentioned that KMC has started the anti-dengue drive from February, when rallies had been taken out in all the 144 wards. The civic authorities have identified 20 areas that are vulnerable to dengue and special drives have been held there. The private laboratories have been asked to conduct Eliza test to detect dengue. The civic authorities have blood collection units in all the wards and specialised dengue detection centres where treatment is given for free. KMC has also decided to award the best Puja committees that will take up drives to make people aware regarding the vector-borne disease.
Chief election commissioner VS Sampath on Thursday said any offensive material on social media during election period will be strictly dealt with.‘The chief secretary and the DGP were told to instruct the police stations to register complaints against obnoxious material on social media during election period,’ Sampath said at a press conference here.