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PUNE: PMC officials have issued notices to 1,472 properties, including bungalows, housing societies and commercial establishments, between June 1 and 22 for facilitating mosquito breeding on their premises.

The city has already registered 160 cases of dengue in the last 25 days, the highest recorded in any month this year so far. Of these, private hospitals reported 141 cases and government-designated centres 19.

“We have started house-to-house survey in the city to identify households facilitating mosquito breeding on their premises. The defaulters have been issued notices, in which they have been categorically asked to prevent mosquito breeding by observing certain norms or face action,” Sanjeev Wavare, head of the insect control department at PMC, said.

Despite notices being served and penalties being levied, there has been no significant drop in the number of properties having mosquito-breeding sites. “We have decided to file court cases against chronic offenders,” Wavare added.

As per PMC record, city has recorded a total of 371 dengue cases this year so far. Of them, private hospitals recorded 324 cases and government run sentinel centres recorded 47. The number of dengue cases has recorded a sharp rise since May. In April, areas within PMC limits had recorded 23 cases, which increased to 54 in May. The cases have gone up to 160 (till June 26) now.

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