ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Vol. 41 - No 17

New sting in anti-mosquito law

Residents, local bodies to be hauled to courts and fined

By Chandani Kirinde

With dengue and other deadly mosquito-related diseases spreading, the government is to introduce tough new legislation, imposing fines on residents and local authorities who do not take steps to prevent mosquito breeding.

The legislation to be presented in Parliament next week will make it the duty of owners or occupiers of any premises to remove, destroy or effectively dispose of any items capable of holding water as well as clear gutters, down pipes and drains of all obstructions so as to allow the smooth flow of water. They will also be required to maintain in good condition and keep closed cisterns, tanks, air conditioners and other receptacles of water.

Artificial ponds or pools will have to be emptied at least once every week to prevent mosquito breeding.

Shrubs, undergrowth and all types of vegetations, except for those grown as food or for ornamental purposes, will need to be removed while several types of water plants will also be destroyed as part of the new anti-mosquito drive. The new law will give powers to the Director General of Health Services -- the Competent Authority under this act -- to direct owners or occupiers of premises to take measures to prevent mosquito breeding. Residents and local bodies will be hauled to courts and face a fine, if they fail to comply with the new laws.

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